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Brexit and Gibraltar
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7963
When the UK leaves the EU Gibraltar., a British Overseas Territory, will leave too. But could special arrangements be negotiated for Gibraltar? Will Spain cooperate in the negotiations between the EU and the UK or could Gibraltar become a bargaining chip for Spain to push its sovereignty claim? This paper considers Gibraltar's constitutional status and some of the possible impacts of Brexit.
Topics: EU institutions, EU law and treaties, EU political integration, Europe, European Council, Financial services, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, International trade, Overseas territories, Service industries, Tourism
The French Presidential election 2017 (second round)
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7962
What are the implications of the 2017 French Presidential Election? What are the prospects for a Marine Le Pen or Emmanuel Macron victory? This paper looks at the candidates, their policies and the future challenges they might face should they win.
Leaving the European Union: Status of Gibraltar
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0041
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background on the government, economy and society of Gibraltar, its historical status, and information on recent debates concerning its sovereignty following the result of the 2016 EU referendum.
Legislating for Brexit: the Great Repeal Bill
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7793
The UK Government triggered Article 50 on 29 March 2017, beginning the formal process of negotiating the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU). Leaving the EU will require major changes to the statute book and to the UK’s constitutional framework.
Poverty in the UK: statistics
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07096
This note sets out information on the levels and rates of poverty in the UK, including historical trends and forecasts for future years.
Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7912
This reading list brings together briefings on Brexit by the Parliamentary libraries and the Devolved Assembly research services with reports by Parliamentary and Devolved Assembly committees following the result of the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.
Topics: Administration of justice, Agriculture and environment, Animals, Armed forces, Asylum, Aviation, Central government, Civil law, Climate change, Common Agricultural Policy, Companies, Consumers, Criminal law, Data protection, Defence equipment and procurement, Defence policy, Devolution, Economic policy, Economic situation, Energy, Environmental protection, Equality, EU budget, EU external relations, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, Europe, Farmers, Financial institutions, Financial services, Fisheries, Food, Forestry, Genetics, Health services, Higher education, Housing, Human rights, Immigration, Incomes and poverty, Industry, Information technology, International development, International economic relations, International organisations, International politics and government, International trade, Legislative process, Local government, Medicine, Middle East, North America, Overseas territories, Parliament, Pensions, Railways, Research and innovation, Roads, Russia, Science, Terrorism, Unemployment, Water
Brexit reading list: legal and constitutional issues
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7702
The Commons Library has compiled, from a wide range of sources, a selection of analysis and comment relevant to the UK's forthcoming withdrawal from the European Union.
Income inequality in the UK
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7484
This briefing paper looks at trends in income inequality in the UK over the last 50 years.
State Pension age review
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06546
Looks at the timetable for increasing the State Pension age and the review set up to look at how it should increase in the longer term
Economic Indicators, May 2017
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7959
Analysis of the latest UK and international economic indicators
Brexit reading list: general coverage
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7958
This paper provides links to a selection of analysis and comment on general ‘Brexit’ coverage.
Local Growth Deals
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07120
This note looks at the creation of the Single Local Growth Fund and the process of allocating Growth Deal funding to Local Enterprise Partnerships.
Local Enterprise Partnerships
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05651
This note examines the history and current responsibilities of Local Enterprise Partnerships.
The Official Secrets Acts and Official Secrecy
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7422
This House of Commons Library paper considers the main pieces of legislation in the UK related to official secrecy and the disclosure of information "in the public interest". It focuses in particular on the main pieces of legislation - the Official Secrets Acts 1911-1989.
Alcohol: cumulative impact assessments
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7269
This Library Briefing Paper gives an overview of cumulative impact assessments in England and Wales.