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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 timeline: events leading to the UK’s exit from the European Union
Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | 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.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, October 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday.
Brexit: the exit bill
Published Monday, October 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8039
When the UK leaves the EU it is expected to make a contribution towards the EU’s outstanding financial commitments – spending that was agreed while the UK was a member. The media have labelled this as an ‘exit bill’ or ‘divorce bill’, the EU see it as a matter of ‘settling the accounts’. The issue is being discussed in the first phase of Brexit negotiations under the title of the ‘single financial settlement’ (the settlement).
Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017-19
Published Friday, October 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8107
The Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017-19 was presented to Parliament on 11 October 2017 and makes provision for nuclear safeguards after the UK leaves Euratom. This Briefing Paper discusses the background to and content of the Bill.
A guide to the EU budget
Published Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06455
This note considers the EU's spending and how it is financed.

Topic: EU budget

Brexit and data protection
Published Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7838
This Library Briefing Paper looks at data protection and what might happen after Brexit.
Brexit: trade aspects
Published Monday, October 9, 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.
The UK's contribution to the EU budget
Published Monday, October 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7886
This note considers how much the UK contributes to the EU budget and how much it receives back. Potential payments to the EU on or after Brexit - such as the exit bill - are also discussed.
Brexit: the September negotiations
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8104
What happened at the fourth round of Brexit negotiations from 25 to 28 September 2017? And what did Theresa May say that was so important in her speech in Florence on 22 September? Have discussions progressed sufficiently to move on to a negotiation of the UK's future trade and other relations with the EU? The EU thinks not; the UK is impatient to move on. This is what happened ...
Brexit: civil judicial cooperation
Published Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8092
This Commons Library briefing paper considers civil judicial cooperation post-Brexit. The UK is seeking a new agreement mirrored on existing provisions.
Brexit reading list: economic, business and transport policy issues
Published Monday, September 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7830
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 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: defence and security
Published Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7742
The Commons Library has compiled a selection of analysis and comment on defence and security related matters, 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.
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.
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.
Local, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and European Parliament elections: Social Indicators page
Published Monday, July 31, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02634
Local, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and European Parliament elections: Social Indicators page. A summary of recent election results.

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