Anti-Brexit Initiatives Turn to AI to Sift Withdrawal Agreement

The 585 pages of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement draft are complex and hard to read. As with many complex official documents, the amount of EU and UK citizens that actually read these is negligible. However, it is of high importance that as many citizens as possible review the Brexit agreement. Especially on topics important to them. This is precisely what Brexearch.eu enables visitors to do.

AMSTERDAM & LONDON, November 26, 2018.

EDIA, a Dutch artificial intelligence company, was approached by ‘Tech for UK’ and ‘Best for Britain’ with a request to make the incredibly complex and bulky draft of the UK Withdrawal Agreement accessible and searchable for public use. As a result, EDIA has launched the website Brexearch.eu. 

The purpose of Brexearch is to make the Brexit Agreement easily accessible and searchable for the public. On the website, visitors can read what the terms negotiated for Brexit are, based on an index of keywords. 

Brexearch enables visitors to browse the almost 600-page agreement using keywords. Readers can use the generated keywords to find and read the parts that match their interests.

Brexearch uses artificial intelligence technologies called ‘keyword extraction’ and ‘topic classification’. Important keywords are readily extracted from the document and include, “Northern Ireland,” “Citizen’s rights,” “Freedom of movement,” “Future trade agreements,” “Intellectual Property” “Non-tariff Barriers,” and others.

Jaeques Koeman, the CEO of EDIA, states,

“Our AI technology can automatically label large volumes of educational content. These labels, such as keywords in a text, allow faster retrieval of relevant educational content. They also help to cross-reference content. Using this same technology, Brexearch enables easier and quicker access to those parts of the agreement that are relevant to the reader. By sharing our technology with the public, we wish to contribute to the democratization of knowledge and information.”


This initiative is officially supported by Tech for UK, a new grassroots body representing the UK Tech Industry in calling for a fresh referendum, and the “Best for Britain”, a non-partisan group fighting to keep the UK open to EU membership, and finding a democratic way to stop Brexit.

Editorial information:

Best for Britain: a non-partisan group fighting to keep the UK open to EU membership, and finding a democratic way to stop Brexit.
Tech for UK: a new grassroots body representing the UK Tech Industry in calling for a fresh referendum.

EDIA: The founders of EDIA envisioned that smart automation would play a significant role in the content creation and publishing industry. EDIA has developed 360AI, an artificial intelligence engine created specifically for education purposes. 360AI offers a set of AI capabilities which automate content classification and metadata-tagging.

Katherine Frangos