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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
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Animal Sentience and Brexit
Published Thursday, November 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8155
This is brief provides an overview of the debate over the recognition of animal sentience in UK law after Brexit
Brexit and medicines regulation
Published Monday, November 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8148
This briefing paper provides an overview of current medicines regulation in the UK and the relationship with the EMA and regulatory agencies in EU Member States. . It will consider what the options may be in this area following Brexit, and present comment on these from stakeholders.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, November 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday.
EU (Withdrawal) Bill: the Charter, general principles of EU law, and 'Francovich' damages
Published Friday, November 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8140
This Commons Library briefing paper has been prepared for day 3 of the Committee Stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (the EUW Bill) in the House of Commons.
Regulating Advanced Therapies
Published Friday, November 17, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0567
A POSTnote which explains what advanced therapies are and how they can benefit patients, and gives an overview of the current regulatory framework and how this might change after Brexit.
Brexit and the environment
Published Monday, November 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8132
A House of Commons Library Briefing paper discussing current environmental law and policy in the UK and in the devolved nations; preparations for Brexit and potential impacts of Brexit; and the possibility of a tailored UK approach to the environment in the future. The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is also discussed in the context of environmental matters, and REACH information is provided as an illustrative case study.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retained EU law
Published Friday, November 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8136
This briefing paper has been prepared for day 2, scheduled to take place on 15 November, of the Committee Stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (EUW Bill) in the House of Commons.
Brexit debates
Published Wednesday, November 8, 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.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Supremacy and the Court of Justice
Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8133
This Commons Library briefing paper has been prepared for days 1 and 3 of the Committee Stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (EUW Bill) in the House of Commons. It addresses clauses 5 and 6 of the Bill which together provide instructions to the courts on the status and interpretation of retained EU law (the new category of law which clauses 2, 3 and 4 of the EUW Bill would create).
Brexit reading list: general coverage
Published Monday, November 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7958
This paper provides links to a selection of analysis and comment on general ‘Brexit’ coverage.
Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017-19
Published Friday, November 3, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8107
The Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017-19 was presented to Parliament on 11 October 2017 and makes provision for nuclear safeguards after the UK leaves Euratom. This Briefing Paper discusses the background to and content of the Bill. The Nuclear Safeguards Bill passed Second Reading on 16 October 2017.
Agriculture, Fisheries and the Rural Economy
Published Monday, October 30, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0076
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on the new opportunities and challenges for agriculture, fisheries and the rural economy in the United Kingdom on 2 November 2017.
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.
Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0074
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill on 1 November 2017.
European Union (Approvals) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0071
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the European Union (Approvals) Bill on 25 October 2017.
Brexit timeline: events leading to the UK’s exit from the European Union
Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7960
This paper provides a timeline of the major events leading up to the EU referendum and subsequent dates of note, looking ahead to expected events as the UK and EU negotiate Britain’s exit.
Exiting the European Union and data protection
Published Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0170
A general debate on exiting the European Union and data protection is scheduled for Thursday 12 October 2017.
Brexit and data protection
Published Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7838
This Library Briefing Paper looks at data protection and what might happen after Brexit.
Brexit: trade aspects
Published Monday, October 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7694
This paper looks at possible options for the UK's trading relationships with the EU after Brexit. The paper has been updated to include a new chapter on trade with non-EU countries.

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