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Brexit reading list: general coverage
Published Monday, May 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7958
This paper provides links to a selection of analysis and comment on general ‘Brexit’ coverage.
UK aid: frequently asked questions
Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7996
What is aid? What is the UN 0.7% aid target and why has the UK adopted it? Which government departments spend UK aid? What impact does UK aid have? What will be the impact of Brexit on UK aid? These and other questions are answered in an accessible way in this briefing paper.
Brexit debates 2018
Published Tuesday, May 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8246
This paper provides links to a selection of debates that have referenced Brexit in the title or during a debate in 2018. This paper will be updated periodically.
A guide to the EU budget
Published Tuesday, May 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06455
This note considers the EU's spending and how it is financed.

Topic: EU budget

Brexit: the exit bill
Published Wednesday, May 2, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8039
After the UK leaves the EU it is expected to make a contribution towards the EU’s outstanding financial commitments – spending that was agreed while the UK was a member. The media have labelled this as an ‘exit bill’ or ‘divorce bill’, the EU see it as a matter of ‘settling the accounts’. The issue was discussed in the first phase of Brexit negotiations under the title of the ‘single financial settlement’ (the settlement).
Brexit: new guidelines on the framework for future EU-UK relations
Published Thursday, April 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8289
Brexit negotiations have resumed and this third phase will cover issues outstanding from the last phases - the Irish border in particular - and the framework for future EU-UK relations. This paper looks at how the EU and the UK envisage their relationship after Brexit.
Brexit reading list: economic, business and transport policy issues
Published Monday, April 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7830
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.
Brexit: the draft withdrawal agreement
Published Monday, March 26, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8269
The Commission published a draft legal text of the withdrawal agreement in February 2018 and an updated draft on 15 March. On 19 March a third text was published which showed where there is full agreement between the EU and the UK, where there is agreement in principle and where there is no agreement. This paper looks at the recent draft, making reference to earlier drafts where relevant.
The UK's contribution to the EU budget
Published Friday, March 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7886
This note considers how much the UK contributes to the EU budget and how much it receives back. Potential payments to the EU on or after Brexit - such as the exit bill - are also discussed.
The European Free Trade Association
Published Friday, February 2, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0031
On 8 February 2018, there will be a Westminster Hall debate at 9:30am on the European Free Trade Association. The debate is sponsored by Stephen Hammond MP.
Brexit: UK Funding from the EU
Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7847
This Commons Library briefing looks at the funding received by the UK from EU institutions and considers the implications of Brexit on the EU as a source of funding for regional development, agriculture support, research and innovation and other areas.
Brexit debates: June 2016 - December 2017
Published Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8131
This paper provides links to a selection of debates that have referenced Brexit in the title or during a debate since the EU referendum in June 2016.
Brexit: 'sufficient progress' to move to phase 2
Published Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8183
This paper looks at the path towards 'sufficient progress' in the first phase of Brexit negotiations and the Joint Report agreed by the UK Government and the EU. It focuses on the three priority areas: citizens' rights, the financial settlement and the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The paper also looks at other recent developments and parliamentary consideration of Brexit.
EU (Withdrawal) Bill: Financial provision and fees and charges
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8165
This Commons Library briefing paper has been prepared for day 5 of the Committee Stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (the EUW Bill) in the House of Commons. It discusses clause 12 and Schedule 4 of the Bill. The Library briefing 'The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Devolution', covers clause 10 and Schedule 2, which are also due to be debated on day five.
Brexit: the November negotiations
Published Friday, November 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8159
Was progress made in the sixth round of Brexit negotiations? This paper looks at what happened in the latest round of talks in each of the priority areas and at other developments linked to Brexit in the UK and the EU.
Brexit: the October negotiations
Published Friday, October 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8125
What happened in round five of the Brexit negotiations - the last scheduled round in phase one? Did the EU negotiator, Michel Barnier, and the other 27 EU Member State leaders think "sufficient progress" had been made in the priority areas to move on to a discussion of the UK's future relations with the EU? And what about a transition period or the possibility of a 'no deal' scenario? Has the Government planned for this? This note looks at what happened in the October round and other Brexit issues.
Brexit: the September negotiations
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8104
What happened at the fourth round of Brexit negotiations from 25 to 28 September 2017? And what did Theresa May say that was so important in her speech in Florence on 22 September? Have discussions progressed sufficiently to move on to a negotiation of the UK's future trade and other relations with the EU? The EU thinks not; the UK is impatient to move on. This is what happened ...
Brexit: the August negotiations
Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8082
What happened in the third round of Brexit negotiations from 28 to 31 August? Was any progress made in the contentious areas of citizens' rights for EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU after Brexit? And has the UK agreed to pay the 'divorce bill' demanded by the EU? And could the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland remain open and flexible after Brexit? The talks did not resolve these issues, but some aspects were agreed. Will this be enough to allow a move to phase two of the negotiations in October?
Brexit: the July negotiations
Published Wednesday, August 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8068
What happened at the second round of Brexit negotiations from 17 to 20 July 2017 and what have we learnt? This first phase of the negotiations aims to reach agreement on citizens' rights, the financial settlement and the border between Ireland the Northern Ireland, as well as other separation issues, such as Euratom, EU external agreements and dispute resolution. But there was little evidence of agreement on any of these, and the UK Government has been asked for more clarification at the next round. A lot is at stake, because if sufficient progress isn't made by October, the negotiations will not move on to future relations, an EU-UK trade agreement or transitional arrangements.

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