The government has published a white paper on the UK’s exit from and new partnership with the EU. The document expands on the 12 principles set out by the Prime Minister to guide the government during EU exit negotiations. These include:

  • providing certainty and clarity;
  • taking control of UK laws;
  • strengthening the Union;
  • protecting the strong and historic ties with Ireland and maintaining the common travel area;
  • controlling immigration;
  • securing rights for EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU;
  • protecting workers’ rights;
  • ensuring free trade with European markets;
  • securing new trade agreements with other countries;
  • ensuring the UK remains the best place for science and innovation;
  • cooperating in the fight against crime and terrorism; and
  • delivering a smooth, orderly exist from the EU.

The document also confirms plans for a separate White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill, which will ensure certainty and stability by transposing EU law into UK law, wherever practical and appropriate, and separate legislation in areas likely to be affected by the outcome of the negotiation, such as customs and immigration.

View Government publishes white paper on UK’s exit from and new partnership with the EU, 2 February 2017