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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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Fleet Solid Support Ships
Published Friday, June 22, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8351
The Government’s procurement plans for up to three new support ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary are facing opposition from Labour, the SNP and trade unions.
Brexit: Customs and Regulatory Arrangements
Published Friday, June 22, 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: Negotiations Update (March-June 2018)
Published Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8339
This briefing paper provides an update on the progress of the Article 50 TEU negotiations since March 2018, and what this leaves to be 'agreed' before a Withdrawal Agreement and attached Political Declaration on the Future Relationship can be concluded.
European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19: Ping Pong
Published Tuesday, June 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8345
This Commons Library Briefing Paper provides details of areas where the two Houses are yet to agree on the text of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill ahead of the Commons debate on 20 June 2018.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: scrutiny of secondary legislation (Schedule 7) update
Published Tuesday, June 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8329
This briefing paper reviews the amendments made to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19 that concern how the two Houses sift statutory instruments made under what will become the European Union (Withdrawal) Act.
Look ahead to 2018 NATO Summit
Published Monday, June 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8341
This Commons Library paper provides a short look ahead to the next NATO summit on 11-12 July. MPs will debate NATO on 20 June 2018.
EU - Japan Economic Partnership Agreement
Published Friday, June 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8340
This note has been prepared for the debate on 26 June 2018 in the House of Commons on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement
Brexit and air quality
Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8195
This paper gives an overview of how EU air quality legislation and policy is currently enshrined in the UK legal framework. It sets out the speculation and what is known so far about what could change in respect of air quality following Brexit.
Brexit: 'Global Britain' - reading list
Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8338
‘Global Britain’ has become a rallying cry for those who want to see the UK stride confidently into a post-Brexit future. This reading list draws together a wide range of material on this topic. It is one of several reading lists published by the Library in the context of Brexit.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Tuesday, June 12, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday.
Brexit divisions - Commons votes on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill
Published Tuesday, June 12, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8336
This briefing paper provides information on the House of Commons divisions during the passage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill during its Second Reading, Report Stage and Third Reading in the Commons.
Brexit and financial services
Published Friday, June 8, 2018 | 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.
The European Economic Area
Published Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8129
This briefing paper outlines the institutional structure of the EEA, its pros and cons and the debate over withdrawal from the EEA.
European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19: Commons consideration of Lords amendments
Published Tuesday, June 5, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8328
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill has completed its passage through the House of Lords and is now awaiting Commons consideration of Lords amendments. This paper summarises amendments to the Bill during its passage through Parliament and provides information about procedures for Commons consideration of Lords amendments.
The Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017-19
Published Thursday, May 24, 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.
Brexit: Parliament's role in approving and implementing agreements with the European Union
Published Wednesday, May 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8321
There is no domestic legal or constitutional requirement for a vote to be held in Parliament to approve the Withdrawal Agreement before it is concluded by the UK and the EU under Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union (TEU). The Government can negotiate and sign an international treaty using its prerogative powers and without any formal parliamentary involvement. Article 50 TEU requires the consent of the European Parliament for the Withdrawal Agreement to be approved.
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.
UK aid: frequently asked questions
Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7996
What is aid? What is the UN 0.7% aid target and why has the UK adopted it? Which government departments spend UK aid? What impact does UK aid have? What will be the impact of Brexit on UK aid? These and other questions are answered in an accessible way in this briefing paper.
Prospects for combat air: What follows Typhoon and Lightning?
Published Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8304
The Ministry of Defence is developing a Combat Air Strategy to look at the UK's future Combat Air requirements. This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the RAF's current and future combat aircraft fleet, the UK aerospace industry and prospects for international collaboration.

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