A Bar Council working party has published a briefing to help the government get the ‘best deal possible for Britain’.

In an introduction to the paper from a group led by Hugh Mercer QC, the former Bar Chairman, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, said Brexit was the most ‘profound legal and constitutional challenge’ for the government to grapple with in living memory.

The paper identified key legal issues to be addressed to minimise the risk of legal uncertainty, the loss of rights, and possible adverse consequences to the national economy, and capitalises on the opportunities for post-Brexit global Britain.

It covers cross-country cooperation for the speedy arrest of suspects, child protection across the EU, ensuring firms can compete and trade profitably, changes to intellectual property law, and maintaining consumer protection and human rights.