Policy Positions for Brexit negotiations

Following the Brexit referendum, the Department for Exiting the EU (DEXEU) was set up with the responsibility for oversight of the negotiations to leave the European Union and to establish the future relationship between the UK and EU.

The DEXEU website hosts all the information associated with this process. You can also sign up here to receive email alerts as new information is published.

Article 50 and negotiations with the EU

As the negotiation period develops, DEXEU will be publishing various position papers on the UK's negotiating priorities on different policy areas which you can read more about below.

Position Papers and Technical Notes:

Preparing for our future UK trade policy - White Paper - 9 October 2017

Customs Bill: legislating for the UK's future customs, VAT and excise regimes - White Paper - 9 October 2017

Updated Joint Technical Note on the comparison of EU-UK positions on citizens' rights - 28 September 2017 - the citizens’ rights working group has been mapping alignment between the two parties’ positions, to prioritise future discussions. The tables in the technical note summarise the UK and EU positions and compares them.

Security, law enforcement and criminal justice - a future partnership paper - 18 September 2017 - this paper discusses options for maintaining internal security collaboration in the future partnership with the EU. 

Foreign policy, defence and development - a future partnership paper - 12 September 2017 - this paper discusses options for foreign policy, defence and development collaboration in the future partnership

Policy Paper - information about the Great Repeal Bill - 7 September 2017

Collaboration on science and innovation - a future partnership paper - 6 September 2017 - this paper outlines the UK’s objectives for a science and innovation agreement with the EU. It sets out examples of where the UK sees potential mutual benefit in a close working relationship, exploring precedents for each. The paper invites discussion with the EU on how best to shape our future partnership in this area.

Technical Note - Comparisons of UK/EU positions on Citizens rights - 31 August 2017

The exchange and protection of personal data - a future partnership paper - 24 August 2017 - this paper discusses options for the protection of personal data in the future partnership.

Enforcement and dispute resolution - a future partnership - 23 August 2017 - this paper discusses options for enforcement and dispute resolution mechanisms for UK-EU agreements.

Providing a cross-border civil judicial cooperation framework - a future partnership paper - 22 August 2017 - this paper outlines the United Kingdom's position on cross-border civil judicial cooperation in the future partnership

Continuity in the availability of goods for the EU and the UK - 21 August 2017 - this outlines the UK's position on continuity in the availability of goods in UK and EU markets at the point of EU exit

Confidentiality and access to documents - 21 August 2017 - this paper outlines the UK's position on the ongoing confidentiality obligations and access to documents.

Northern Ireland and Ireland - 16 August 2017 - this outlines the UK's position on addressing the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland and Ireland in light of the UK's EU withdrawal.

Future customs arrangements - a future partnership paper - 15 August 2017 - this paper discusses options for new customs arrangements between the UK and the EU in the future partnership.

Ongoing Union judicial and administrative proceedings - 13 July 2017 - this paper outlines the United Kingdom's position with regards to judicial and administrative proceedings that are ongoing at the point of exit from the European Union.

Nuclear materials and safeguards - 13 July 2017 - this paper outlines the United Kingdom's position on the ownership and responsibility for special fissile material and related safeguards equipment.

Privileges and Immunities - 13 July 2017 - this paper outlines the UK's position on privileges and immunities as we negotiate our exit from, and new partnership with, the European Union.

Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU - 26 June 2017 - this outlines the Government's proposal for EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU on their rights and status after the UK leaves the EU.

The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union White Paper - 15 May 2017 - this provides Parliament and the country with a clear vision of what we are seeking to achieve in negotiating our exit from, and new partnership with, the European Union.

The Repeal Bill White Paper - 15 May 2017 - this sets out the government’s proposals for ensuring a functioning statute book once we have left the EU.