Brexit Information

Michael Gove statement to Parliament

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove addressed the House of Commons on 3rd September 2019.


Thank you very much Mr Speaker. This is the first time that I have appeared at the dispatch box since I moved on from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the superb team of civil servants at that department who do so much to improve the lives of so many across this country, and with your permission, I will make a statement about preparations for our departure from the European Union.

More than three years ago, in the biggest exercise in democracy in our country’s history, the British people voted to leave the EU. But so far this Parliament has failed to honour that instruction. Now our Prime Minister has made clear that we must leave by October 31st. And so we must. Trust in this House depends on it. Trust in our democracy depends on it.

Of course, this Government is determined to secure our departure with a good deal, one that paves the way for a bright future outside the single market and the customs union. And the response the Prime Minister has received from European leaders shows they are ready to move. They want a deal too. And they are moving because the Prime Minister has been clear that matters must be resolved by October 31, if we drift, then the incentive on them to deliver quickly will dissipate. So I hope my colleagues in the House of Commons will give the Prime Minister the time and space he needs to pursue the opening he has secured and get a deal we can all support.

But of course we must be prepared for every eventuality.

EU Information

EMA and EBA agencies

A European Council meeting, chaired by Donald Tusk, was held on 22 and 23 June 2017 and was attended by leaders of all 28 member countries together with a number of other EU officials.

Full details are available at:

In relation to Brexit, EU27 leaders endorsed the procedure for the relocation of 2 EU agencies currently located in the UK. These are the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority.

This procedural document suggests the process to be used for these agencies to be relocated and details of the costs and infrastructure associated with the operation of the existing agencies

The EMA (European Medicines Agency) was created in 1995 with a mission to evaluate and supervise human and veterinary medicinal products on the grounds of safety, efficacy and quality in order to protect human and animal health in the EU.

EMA About Us (pdf)

The EBA (European Banking Authority) was established on 1 January 2012 and works to ensure effective and consistent prudential regulation and supervision across the European banking sector. Its overall objectives are to maintain financial stability in the EU and to safeguard the integrity, efficiency and orderly functioning of the banking sector.

EBA at a Glance (pdf)


House of Commons Library

The House of Commons Library provides information and research services for MPs and their staff in support of their parliamentary duties. Some of the information contained in the library can also be accessed by members of the public through their web-site.

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Research Briefings are documents that offer a summary of facts and background information on subjects of interest including legislation proceeding through Parliament. These documents are published and accessible from the Commons Library web-site.

As an example, you can read a research briefing on the implications of Brexit for fisheries – A forthcoming Fisheries Bill was mentioned in the recent Queens Speech.

Find the briefing Brexit: What next for UK fisheries? here

Other Research briefings can be found at:

Other available documents include “deposited papers” which MPs and ministers place in the Library in reply to parliamentary questions.

A section of the website is dedicated to items related to Brexit and is Parliament’s analysis of how leaving the EU will affect different policy areas in the UK. It is available at:

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Details of an equivalent Library for the House of Lords is available at:

Associated to the House of Commons library is Second Reading, a blog that provides an impartial and authoritative take on the latest issues and statistics. Read the blog at

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