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Brexit reading list: negotiations and future relations
Published Monday, June 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: legal and constitutional issues
Published Monday, June 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 and Gibraltar
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7963
When the UK leaves the EU Gibraltar., a British Overseas Territory, will leave too. But could special arrangements be negotiated for Gibraltar? Will Spain cooperate in the negotiations between the EU and the UK or could Gibraltar become a bargaining chip for Spain to push its sovereignty claim? This paper considers Gibraltar's constitutional status and some of the possible impacts of Brexit.
The French Presidential election 2017 (second round)
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7962
What are the implications of the 2017 French Presidential Election? What are the prospects for a Marine Le Pen or Emmanuel Macron victory? This paper looks at the candidates, their policies and the future challenges they might face should they win.
Brexit reading list: general coverage
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7958
This paper provides links to a selection of analysis and comment on general ‘Brexit’ coverage.
Leaving the European Union: Profile of the EU27
Published Friday, March 31, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0018
This Lords Library briefing provides summary profiles on each of the EU27 member states.
Brexit Glossary
Published Monday, March 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7840
This Commons Library research briefing contains a list of commonly-used terms and acronyms that have needed clarification since the United Kingdom voted in the June 2016 EU referendum.
Treaty negotiations: when has the Government published its position?
Published Thursday, January 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7823
How much information does the Government give Parliament about its position in advance of treaty negotiations? Is it bound to provide Parliament with information on its 'red lines' and strategies? This note looks at some past examples of White and Green Papers ahead of treaty negotiations.
Brexit: impact across policy areas
Published Friday, August 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7213
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the situation in a range of policy areas and considers what impact Brexit might have. This will depend, among other things, on the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK stays in the European Economic Area and how the Government fills any policy gaps left by withdrawal.
Brexit and UK immigration and asylum policy: a reading list
Published Tuesday, August 2, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7675
This reading list collates some recent commentary on the implications of the EU referendum vote for future UK immigration and asylum policy, and links to some related Library briefings.
Brexit: some legal and constitutional issues and alternatives to EU membership
Published Thursday, July 28, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7214
This paper considers how the UK will leave the EU, some legal and constitutional issues, and possible alternatives to EU membership. What is the process for leaving the EU? Will the UK join a different grouping of states or go it alone? Will EU or UK citizens or businesses have any vested rights?
Effect of the EU Referendum on Gibraltar
Published Monday, July 18, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0147
This is a selection of relevant material for the Westminster Hall debate on Wednesday 20 July 2016, between 9:30am and 11:00am. The Member who secured the debate is Jack Lopresti MP (Conservative, Filton and Bradley Stoke).
Leaving the EU: Parliament's Role in the Process
Published Monday, July 4, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0034
Following the result of the referendum held on 23 June 2016, this House of Lords Library briefing examines what Parliament’s role would be in the process of withdrawing from the European Union in several key areas: invoking Article 50; overseeing the negotiation process; ratifying agreements; repealing and reviewing domestic legislation. This is an updated version of the briefing issued on 30 June 2016.
Brexit: what happens next?
Published Thursday, June 30, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7632
Now that the UK has voted to leave the EU, what will happen next? This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the immediate consequences of the vote and some of the longer term implications. This paper considers various questions about UK withdrawal from the EU and what is likely to happen in the coming weeks and months. The issues include the method of leaving the EU, continuing parliamentary scrutiny of EU business and the withdrawal negotiations, and the implications of Brexit for Scotland and Gibraltar.
Reading list on UK-EU relations 2013-16: reform, renegotiation, withdrawal
Published Friday, June 24, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7220
The Commons Library has compiled a selection of books, journal and press articles, think tank, parliamentary and library publications relevant to the UK's renegotiation of its membership of the European Union. This last update will be followed by a new series of briefings on the consequences of the Brexit vote.
EU Referendum: analysis of the UK's new EU Settlement
Published Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7524
This Commons Library briefing looks at the new Settlement for the United Kingdom within the European Union agreed at the European Council on 17-19 February 2016. The Settlement consists of seven texts: a Decision and a Statement of Heads of State or Government and five Declarations.
Brexit and the UN Security Council
Published Thursday, May 19, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7597
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the competing arguments about the possible effects of leaving the EU on the UK's permanent membership of the UN Security Council. The UK is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. Would leaving the EU strengthen the UK’s position in the UN, have no direct effect, or result in a loss of legitimacy for the UN? What if it resulted in Scotland leaving the UK? Views differ; but the difficulty of amending the UN Charter makes any change to the permanent membership of the Security Council unlikely.
European Union: Prime Ministers' Speeches and Party Manifestos since 1970
Published Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0015
This House of Lords Library briefing outlines some of the key statements on Europe made by Prime Ministers since 1970 and reproduces the manifesto commitments made at general elections by each party over the same period.
Schengen Agreement: A Short History
Published Monday, March 7, 2016 | Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0013
This House of Lords Library briefing sets out a short history of the Schengen Agreement and provides a timeline for major events in its development. It also provides further information on recent developments, including the temporary reintroduction of border controls by member states in response to recent increases in refugees and migrants from outside of the Schengen Area and in response to the terror attacks in Paris in November 2015.

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