The Brexit Papers

The Brexit Papers and The Brexit Papers: Second edition were produced to help ministers and civil servants pin point the most pressing legal concerns arising from the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

Both Brexit Papers have been written by members of the Brexit Working Group set up by the Bar Council to examine the range of complex issues arising from Brexit and to help the Government identify the legal and constitutional priorities. 

The recent second edition of the Brexit Papers published, expands on the legal fields covered in the first edition and other areas of law, including financial services, immigration, employment, consumer law, and traffic accidents. In addition, an extra paper commissioned by the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee identifies and proposes the impact of a 'no deal' scenario between the UK and the EU. 

Click  here to read the Brexit Papers: Second edition

Led by Hugh Mercer QC, the group has drawn on the combined expertise and experience of the profession across a wide range of practice areas. 

Other Brexit work

What is the Bar Council doing in relation to the result of the EU Referendum on 23 June? See all of our campaign work and our activities below. We will add relevant content as it becomes available. 

The Brexit Papers: Second edition (Individual chapters)

The Brexit Papers: Bar's Brexit Working Group publishes key paper to aid Government on Brexit

Barristers publish non-partisan, fact-based report on European Union membership

Videos of the Bar Council's event featuring a debate on the EU Referendum (YouTube)

The Bar Council's response to the result of the EU Referendum

What now for the Bar, post-Brexit? Chairman's blog

The Brexit Working Group

The Bar Council's response to the CityUK report: Legal sector must grow post-Brexit 

Brexit prompts public and businesses to seek legal advice from barristers

Bar Council Chairman joins David Davis for Brexit Breakfast