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Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Friday, July 21, 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.
Brexit Negotiations: The Irish border question
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8042
The border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and how it will operate, is one of the three main areas of discussion in the first phase of Brexit negotiations . This paper sets out the different UK and EU negotiating positions as well as how they both pledge to honour the Good Friday Agreement, and what this pledge commits both sides to. It looks at how the Northern Irish devolved government is inputting into the talks, and how the confidence and supply deal between the Conservative party and the DUP might impact on the negotiations. This paper explores how people will move between the two countries, and how the Common Travel Area might be maintained. It also looks at the complexities of avoiding a 'hard border', the stated position of both the EU and the UK, while still adhering to EU rules on moving goods between itself and countries outside the Single Market and Customs Union.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday.
Exiting the EU and sanctions
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0148
This Debate Pack has been prepared for the general debate on 'Exiting the European Union and sanctions', to be held in the main chamber on Wednesday 19 July 2017
Brexit reading list: general coverage
Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7958
This paper provides links to a selection of analysis and comment on general ‘Brexit’ coverage.
Brexit: what impact on those currently exercising free movement rights?
Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7871
This Commons Library briefing paper addresses the question of the status, post-Brexit, of EU citizens currently resident in the UK and those British citizens living elsewhere in the EU. It is updated to include a summary of the Government's proposals of 26 June 2017.
Supply of Medical Radioisotopes
Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0558
A POSTnote that highlights the critical role of radioactive isotopes used in medicine, and outlines the challenges for the UK in ensuring their future supply.
Consultation with disabled people on the effect on their services of the UK leaving the EU
Published Monday, July 10, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0136
This House of Commons Library Debate Pack briefing provides information in anticipation of a debate entitled "Consultation with disabled people on the effect on their services of the UK leaving the EU". This debate is sponsored by Dr Lisa Cameron MP and will take place on Tuesday 11th July at 4.30pm in Westminster Hall.
UK tax after the EU referendum
Published Friday, July 7, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7630
Taxation is very largely a Member State competence. The implications of the UK lying outside the EU are likely to be less significant for taxation compared with other policy areas. This short note discusses the balance of competences between the UK and the EU with regard to tax law, before looking at the brief comment that has been made, to date, on this aspect of Brexit.
The abolition of mobile roaming charges and Brexit
Published Thursday, July 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8034
A Commons Library Briefing Paper on the the regulation of mobile roaming charges in the EU, the abolition of mobile roaming charges in the EU, what it means for UK consumers, and the possible impact of Brexit.
Brexit and financial services
Published Thursday, July 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7628
This Commons Library briefing paper brings together responses from financial organisations about the impact of the vote to leave the EU,. The vote to leave the EU has significant implications for the financial services sector, an economic sector which is critical to the UK economy. The degree of inter-linkage between the ‘City’ and the EU economies is substantial economically speaking and intricate in terms of the legislative interface.
Supreme Court of the United Kingdom: Changes to Membership
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0038
In July 2017, it is expected that three new appointments to the Supreme Court will be announced, including the selection of a new President. In 2018 three further Justices are expected to retire, creating additional vacancies. In light of these anticipated appointments, this House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the background, functions and membership of the Supreme Court.
Brexit: trade aspects
Published Tuesday, July 4, 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.
Brexit: What next for UK fisheries?
Published Tuesday, July 4, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7669
The implications of Brexit for fisheries are highly uncertain and will depend on future negotiations with the EU and future UK Government policy. The Government announced its intention to introduce a new Fisheries Bill in the 2017 Queen's Speech.
European Union (Approvals) Bill 2017-19
Published Thursday, June 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8025
What is an EU (Approvals) Bill and why is one needed now? This Bill concerns draft EU proposals concerning Albania and Serbia participating as observers in the EU's Fundamental Rights Agency, and an agreement between the EU and Canada on competition laws. This paper provides background on the proposals and explains why an Act of Parliament is needed for the UK Government to approve them in the Council of the European Union.
Air Quality in London
Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0035
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 3 July on the case for improving air quality in London. It provides an overview of the regulation of air pollution, the impact of air pollution on health and plans by the Government and the Mayor of London to improve air quality.
Brexit: red lines and starting principles
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7938
What has the UK Government said about its strategy for the Brexit negotiations? The Prime Minister and the Brexit Secretary have set out their views in speeches and white papers, and now the EU institutions have set out theirs. They often coincide, but there are areas that could be difficult to resolve. This paper summarises the starting points of the UK and the EU institutions at the beginning of the Article 50 process.
Brexit and data protection
Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7838
This Library Briefing Paper looks at the reform of EU data protection law and what might happen after Brexit.

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