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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.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
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Brexit: Council Directives for Negotiations on Transition
Published Monday, February 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8234
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the January 2018 negotiating directives drawn up by the Council of Ministers, in light of the guidelines established by the European Council in December 2017. Their content sheds light on any ‘red lines’ the EU might have in place for Phase 2 of the negotiations with the UK regarding withdrawal from the European Union.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, February 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday.
Animal Sentience and Brexit
Published Friday, February 2, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8155
An overview of animal sentience and the Government proposal to transfer recognition of animal sentience into UK legislation after Brexit
Brexit: UK agriculture policy
Published Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8218
This briefing paper has been expedited ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall at 3pm on Thursday 1 February 2018 on the policy framework for agriculture after the UK leaves the EU.
European defence: where is it heading?
Published Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8216
In light of Brexit, an increasingly assertive Russia and the unpredictable attitude of the current US administration toward European security, there is, at present. a political appetite for progress in the development of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy. Much has been achieved in the last few years and without the UK, which has historically opposed deeper defence integration, Brexit undoubtedly offers opportunities. The question is: how far will the EU at 27 be willing to go?
Brexit reading list: economic, business and transport policy issues
Published Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 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.
Commons Library analysis of the Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017-19
Published Tuesday, January 23, 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. The Bill passed Committee stage without amendment on 14 November 2017 and Report Stage began on 23 January 2018.
Brexit and the environment
Published Friday, January 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8132
A House of Commons Library Briefing paper discussing current environmental law and policy in the UK and in the devolved nations; preparations for Brexit and potential impacts of Brexit; and the possibility of a tailored UK approach to the environment in the future. The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is also discussed in the context of environmental matters, and REACH information is provided as an illustrative case study.
Legislating for Brexit: EU decisions
Published Friday, January 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8205
EU decisions form a large part of EU law but have not been much debated in the context of Brexit. There are different kinds of EU decisions and they are a the main instrument in the EU's foreign policy. This paper looks at the different types of EU decisions and how the EU Withdrawal Bill will deal with them.
Brexit: UK Funding from the EU
Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7847
This Commons Library briefing looks at the funding received by the UK from EU institutions and considers the implications of Brexit on the EU as a source of funding for regional development, agriculture support, research and innovation and other areas.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19: Summary of Commons Committee Stage
Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8192
The Committee Stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill was held on the Floor of the House. The Programme Motion, agreed after the conclusion of the Second Reading Debate on 11 September 2017, provided for 8 days of debate. This paper summarises the main areas of debate, commitments made by the Government, and amendments agreed by the Committee of the Whole House.
The Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill
Published Thursday, January 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8126
This briefing paper has been prepared for the second reading debate in the House of Commons on the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill - sometimes referred to as the Customs Bill.
A guide to the EU budget
Published Thursday, January 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06455
This note considers the EU's spending and how it is financed.

Topic: EU budget

The UK's contribution to the EU budget
Published Thursday, January 4, 2018 | 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.
EURATOM
Published Thursday, December 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8036
A Commons Library briefing paper on EURATOM, the European Atomic Energy Community.
Brexit reading list: negotiations and future relations
Published Wednesday, December 20, 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 Wednesday, December 20, 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 debates
Published Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8131
This paper provides links to a selection of debates that have referenced Brexit in the title or during a debate since the EU referendum in June 2016.
Brexit reading list: general coverage
Published Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7958
This paper provides links to a selection of analysis and comment on general ‘Brexit’ coverage.

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