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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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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.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, May 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday.
European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Summary of Lords Amendments
Published Friday, May 18, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0056
This House of Lords Library Briefing summarises amendments made to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill in the House of Lords.
Brexit: Customs and Regulatory Arrangements in the Future Partnership Agreement
Published Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8309
This paper considers the proposals the UK Government has made to satisfy the simultaneous objectives to leave the EU Customs Union, but have a cooperative ‘customs arrangement’ following Brexit; and to leave the Single Market, but maintain trade that is ‘as frictionless as possible’ following Brexit. These proposals have to navigate the EU’s 'red lines', primarily the ones that preclude sectoral agreements (or ‘cherry-picking’), and that guarantee an invisible land border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.
Brexit
Published Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0123
This Debate Pack has been produced ahead of the Opposition Day debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Wednesday 16 May 2018, on 'Brexit'.
European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Lords Report Stage
Published Monday, May 14, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0053
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of third reading in the House of Lords of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, on 16 May 2018. The Briefing summarises amendments made to the Bill at report stage.
The Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill
Published Friday, May 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8126
This briefing paper has been updated to take account of the Second Reading debate and Committee Stage in the House of Commons on the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill - sometimes referred to as the Customs Bill.
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.
The Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017-19
Published Friday, May 4, 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. Lords amendments to the Bill are being considered by the House of Commons on 8 May 2018.
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 and transport
Published Monday, April 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7633
This Commons Library briefing paper discusses some of the pertinent issues in the four main transport policy areas: aviation, railways, roads and road-based public transport, and maritime. It will be updated and expanded as more information is published and new issues emerge.
European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Lords Committee Stage
Published Thursday, April 12, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0038
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of report stage in the House of Lords of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which starts on 18 April 2018. It summarises areas of the Bill at which the Government indicated during committee proceedings it would look again.
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.
Leaving the EU: Health and Welfare of UK Citizens and Residents
Published Friday, March 23, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0032
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 29 March 2018 on the following motion moved by Baroness Brinton (Liberal Democrat): “that this House takes note of the effect of the United Kingdom’s planned withdrawal from the European Union on the health and welfare of United Kingdom citizens and residents”.
Effect on the NHS of the UK leaving the EU
Published Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0078
MPs will debate the Effect on the NHS of the UK leaving the EU, on 22 March 2018, in Westminster Hall. This subject was determined by the Backbench Business Committee. The debate will be opened by Ben Bradshaw MP.
Brexit timeline: events leading to the UK’s exit from the European Union
Published Monday, March 12, 2018 | 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.
General debate on European Affairs
Published Monday, March 12, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0069
This Debate Pack has been produced ahead of the general debates on 'European Affairs', to be held in the Commons Chamber on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 March 2018.
Brexit: Council Directives for Negotiations on Transition
Published Friday, March 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8234
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the January 2018 negotiating directives drawn up by the Council of Ministers, in light of the guidelines established by the European Council in December 2017. Their content sheds light on any ‘red lines’ the EU might have in place for Phase 2 of the negotiations with the UK regarding withdrawal from the European Union.
European Union citizenship
Published Tuesday, March 6, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0061
This Debate Pack has been produced ahead of the Opposition Day debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Wednesday 7 March 2018, on 'European Union citizenship'. The debate will be on a motion put forward by Plaid Cymru and will be initiated by Liz Saville-Roberts MP.

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