Position Papers and Future Partnership Papers on the UK’s Future Relationship with the EU

This House of Lords Library briefing provides an overview of the position papers, future partnership papers and technical notes published by the Government in connection with the Brexit negotiations with the EU.

On 12 September 2017, the House of Lords is due to debate a motion moved by Baroness Anelay of St Johns, Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union, that “this House takes note of the position papers and future partnership papers published by Her Majesty’s Government on the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union”.

This short briefing provides an overview of the position papers and future partnership papers that the Government has published to date, as well as the EU’s response. The House of Commons Library briefing Brexit: The August Negotiations, 6 September 2017, provides further detail about the latest negotiating round; in particular section 5 summarizes the proposals made in the papers the Government published over the summer and section 6 includes a table showing on which issues either the UK, the EU or both have published a paper.

The UK Government’s position papers, future partnership papers and technical notes can be accessed on the Department for Exiting the European Union’s webpage:

Article 50 and Negotiations with the EU.

The EU’s position papers can be accessed on the European Commission’s webpage:

Negotiating Documents on Article 50 Negotiations with the United Kingdom.