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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.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
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Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday.
Alternatives to a no-deal outcome in negotiations with the EU
Published Monday, February 12, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0039
Debate Pack for the Westminster Hall debate on 'Alternatives to a no-deal outcome in negotiations with the EU'.
Overseas Electricity Interconnection
Published Friday, February 9, 2018 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0569
Electricity markets in the UK, Ireland and continental Europe are physically linked by ‘interconnector’ cables. These benefit energy system operators and consumers by reducing prices. They can also help integrate renewable electricity and ensure security of supply. This note discusses these benefits, proposals for future increases in interconnection and the potential effects of Brexit.
Animal Sentience and Brexit
Published Friday, February 2, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8155
An overview of animal sentience and the Government proposal to transfer recognition of animal sentience into UK legislation after Brexit
Proposed UK-EU Security Treaty
Published Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0016
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides an overview of current UK-EU cooperation on security and justice, as well as a summary of proposals by the UK and EU for cooperation in this area once the UK has left the EU.
European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, January 25, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0011
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill on 30 and 31 January 2018.
Commons Library analysis of the Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017-19
Published Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8107
The Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017-19 makes provision for nuclear safeguards after the UK leaves Euratom. This Briefing Paper discusses the background to and content of the Bill. The Bill passed Committee stage without amendment on 14 November 2017 and Report Stage began on 23 January 2018.
Brexit and the environment
Published Friday, January 19, 2018 | 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.
Legislating for Brexit: EU decisions
Published Friday, January 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8205
EU decisions form a large part of EU law but have not been much debated in the context of Brexit. There are different kinds of EU decisions and they are a the main instrument in the EU's foreign policy. This paper looks at the different types of EU decisions and how the EU Withdrawal Bill will deal with them.
Open Skies Agreement (Membership) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, January 19, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0006
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Open Skies Agreement (Membership) Bill [HL] on 26 January 2018.
E-petition 200165 relating to leaving the European Union
Published Thursday, January 18, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0007
This Debate Pack has been prepared for the 'debate on e-petition 200165, relating to leaving the European Union', to be held in Westminster Hall at 4:30pm. The Member opening the debate is Paul Scully MP.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19: Summary of Commons Committee Stage
Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8192
The Committee Stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill was held on the Floor of the House. The Programme Motion, agreed after the conclusion of the Second Reading Debate on 11 September 2017, provided for 8 days of debate. This paper summarises the main areas of debate, commitments made by the Government, and amendments agreed by the Committee of the Whole House.
The Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill
Published Thursday, January 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8126
This briefing paper has been prepared for the second reading debate in the House of Commons on the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill - sometimes referred to as the Customs Bill.
Brexit reading list: negotiations and future relations
Published Wednesday, December 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7989
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 reading list: legal and constitutional issues
Published Wednesday, December 20, 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.
Brexit debates
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 reading list: general coverage
Published Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7958
This paper provides links to a selection of analysis and comment on general ‘Brexit’ coverage.
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.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: exit day
Published Monday, December 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8184
This briefing paper addresses the domestic legal concept of exit day, as defined by the provisions of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (EUW Bill) as introduced. The paper also addresses some of the amendments tabled relating to exit day, including those tabled by the Government and Sir Oliver Letwin. The paper has been prepared for day 8 of the Committee Stage of the EUW Bill in the House of Commons, scheduled to take place on 20 December.

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