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The Law & Politics of Brexit: Volume IIThe Withdrawal Agreement$
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Federico Fabbrini

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198848356

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198848356.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
The Law & Politics of Brexit: Volume II

Federico Fabbrini

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the Withdrawal Agreement of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU). The Withdrawal Agreement, adopted on the basis of Article 50 Treaty on European Union (TEU), spells out the terms and conditions of the UK departure from the EU, including ground-breaking solutions to deal with the thorniest issues which emerged in the context of the withdrawal negotiations. Admittedly, the Withdrawal Agreement is only a part of the Brexit deal. The Agreement, in fact, is accompanied by a connected political declaration, which outlines the framework of future EU–UK relations. The chapter then offers a chronological summary of the process that led to the adoption of the Withdrawal Agreement, describing the crucial stages in the Brexit process — from the negotiations to the conclusion of a draft agreement and its rejection, to the extension and the participation of the UK to European Parliament (EP) elections, to the change of UK government and the ensuing constitutional crisis, to the new negotiations with the conclusion of a revised agreement, new extension, and new UK elections eventually leading to the departure of the UK from the EU.

Keywords:   Withdrawal Agreement, United Kingdom, European Union, withdrawal negotiations, Brexit deal, EU–UK relations, Brexit process, European Parliament elections, UK government, UK elections

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