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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: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, September 25, 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 European Union and data protection
Published Thursday, September 14, 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.
Effect of UK leaving the EU on consumers and consumer protection
Published Thursday, September 14, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0169
A Westminster Hall debate titled Effect of UK leaving the EU on consumers and consumer protection is scheduled for Tuesday 10 October 2017 at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Vicky Ford MP.
Brexit reading list: legal and constitutional issues
Published Tuesday, September 12, 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 reading list: negotiations and future relations
Published Tuesday, September 12, 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: general coverage
Published Monday, September 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7958
This paper provides links to a selection of analysis and comment on general ‘Brexit’ coverage.
Position Papers and Future Partnership Papers on the UK's Future Relationship with the EU
Published Thursday, September 7, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0057
This House of Lords Library briefing provides an overview of the position papers, future partnership papers and technical notes published by the Government in connection with the Brexit negotiations with the EU.
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?
European Union (Withdrawal) Bill
Published Friday, September 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8079
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (the EUW Bill) was published on 13 July 2017.
Leaving the European Union: Reporting to Parliament on the Progress of Negotiations
Published Tuesday, August 29, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0055
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information on the Government’s plans for reporting to Parliament on the progress of Brexit negotiations in advance of a question for short debate on this subject on 7 September 2017.
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.
Brexit and data protection
Published Thursday, July 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7838
This Library Briefing Paper looks at data protection and what might happen after Brexit.
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.
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: the talks begin
Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8017
The Brexit negotiations: what, when and how? This paper looks at the agenda and timetable for the first phase of talks, who is involved on the EU and UK sides, what they will be discussing and what positions - if any - they have taken so far.
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.

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