House of Commons Library briefing paper: Brexit – The Draft Withdrawal Agreement

The draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement indicates that agreement has been reached on citizens’ rights. Nevertheless, EU/UK citizens’ groups still believe that significant outstanding issues related to citizens’ rights remain.

This is according to the March 2018 research briefing (pdf) from the House of Commons Library.

This paper finds:

  • The UK Government has committed to holding a vote on a resolution in both Houses of Parliament, before the European Parliament holds its vote, where each House will be asked to approve both the withdrawal agreement and the political declaration on the framework for the future relationship
  • The proposed Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill (WAI Bill) is expected to contain provisions that enable transitional arrangements to take effect and provide instructions to domestic courts as to the constitutional status of the rights and duties within the Withdrawal Agreement
  • ‘Permanent residence’ is an EU law concept, and some commentators have questioned the purpose of requiring EU citizens in the UK to subsequently apply for ‘settled status’ documents, since it will not give them any different legal rights

Read the full report (pdf).