Brexit and Beyond. How the United Kingdom might leave the European Union

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Publication Date November 2016
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Table of contents:
Ch.1: Introduction
1.1: Does the referendum give a legally binding mandate to leave the EU?

Chapter 2: Invoking Article 50 TEU
2.1: Who gets to decide (whether) to trigger Article 50 TEU?
2.2: Article 50 TEU: Many negotiations or one?
2.3: The minimum Article 50 TEU items of negotiation
2.4: Parliamentary consent and a second referendum at the end of Article 50 negotiations?
2.5: Can the triggering of Article 50 be revoked?

Ch.3: Beyond Article 50: Shaping the future relationship
3.1: What does Brexit mean for laws in the UK?
3.2: Existing laws
3.3: Future laws

Ch.4: Handling the negotiations
4.1: Who controls Brexit in the British Government?
4.2: Civil Service: Stretched to breaking point?
4.3: The role of Parliament in negotiations
4.4: How will Parliament manage the volume of work required to amend legislation?
4.5: What information will be available to the public about the negotiations?

Ch.5: How might Brexit impact on the future shape of the UK?
5.1: Brexit and the devolved nations

Ch.6: Conclusion

1: Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union
2. Options for the UK
3. Timeline of scheduled events, UK and EU, 2016-2020 This report is for those interested in how the relationship between the UK and the EU might evolve following the referendum. It attempts to unpack and explain the process by which the UK will leave the Union.

It investigates the modalities of triggering Article 50 – under which a state announces its intention to leave the EU. It goes on to discuss how the Article 50 process might unfold, what actors might be involved in this process and how, and what any longer term deal between the UK and its European partners might look like.

It provides an analysis of what might transpire and how, given the nature of British and European politics, the structure of the British state, and the legal frameworks within which both sides must operate.

The report has been put together by a UK in a Changing Europe team with the Political Studies Association.

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ESO: In Focus: Brexit - The United Kingdom and the European Union
Blog: UK in a Changing Europe, 04.11.16: Article 50 – five big legal questions
European Parliament: European Parliamentary Research Service: Briefing, 2016: Article 50 TEU: Withdrawal of a Member State from the EU
Blog: LSE EuroppBlog, 12.11.16: Parliament’s role in the Brexit negotiations: Article 50 and beyond

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