House of Commons Library briefing papers: UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration

Released 02 December 2018

The House of Commons Library has published two briefing paper looking in detail at the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration.

The Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between the EU and UK was finalised on 14 November 2018 and endorsed by EU Member State leaders at the special European Council summit on 25 November 2018. It will be debated at length in Parliament over the coming days before being put to the so-called 'meaningful vote' on 11 December 2018.

On 22 November 2018, the negotiators agreed a Political Declaration setting out the Framework for the Future Relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom, which expanded on and replaced the earlier ‘outline’ political declaration of 14 November. The Declaration was endorsed by EU leaders at the special meeting of the European Council on 25 November 2018.

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