Research briefings

This page provides access to research briefings produced by the House of Commons Library, the House of Lords Library and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). You can filter the research briefings by date, type, or one of 350 topics. Pick your options from the dropdown menus.

Find a briefing paper
  1. Close

    Glossary

    • 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.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
    • POSTnotes: Proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board.
  2. Close

    Topics

    Topics: Research material can be filtered by subject using the topic terms. The topics are arranged in a taxonomy (a hierarchical classification) and can be further filtered using sub-topics.

Displaying 1-20 out of 345

EU Defence: the realisation of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO)
Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8149
On 13 November 2017, 23 EU Member States submitted a Joint Notification to the EU Council of Ministers setting out their intention to utilise the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) mechanism to further European defence (CSDP). Ireland and Portugal notified the Council of Ministers of their intention to join in early December and a Decision formally launching PESCO was adopted on 11 December 2017. The first capability projects are expected to be launched in early 2018. The UK did not sign the Joint Notification and will, therefore, remain outside of PESCO. In doing so, the UK will have no decision making rights over its governance or veto over its future strategic direction.
Brexit: the exit bill
Published Tuesday, December 12, 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).
EU (Withdrawal) Bill: clauses 9, 8 and 17
Published Monday, December 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8170
This Commons Library briefing paper has been prepared for day 7 of the Committee Stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill in the House of Commons, scheduled for Wednesday 13 December 2017.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Monday, December 11, 2017 | 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 Thursday, December 7, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8155
This is brief provides an overview of the debate over the recognition of animal sentience in UK law after Brexit
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: clause 7 “the correcting power”
Published Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8171
This briefing paper covers clause 7 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (EUW Bill), described by David Davis MP, the Secretary State for Exiting the European Union, as the “so-called correcting power”. The paper has been prepared for day 6, scheduled to take place on 12 December, of the Committee Stage of the EUW Bill in the House of Commons.
EU (Withdrawal) Bill: Financial provision and fees and charges
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8165
This Commons Library briefing paper has been prepared for day 5 of the Committee Stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (the EUW Bill) in the House of Commons. It discusses clause 12 and Schedule 4 of the Bill. The Library briefing 'The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Devolution', covers clause 10 and Schedule 2, which are also due to be debated on day five.
Agricultural incomes and subsidies in the UK: Social Indicators page
Published Monday, November 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02613
Agricultural incomes and subsidies in the UK: Social Indicators page.
Local, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and European Parliament elections: Social Indicators page
Published Monday, November 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02634
Local, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and European Parliament elections: Social Indicators page. A summary of recent election results.
Brexit: the November negotiations
Published Friday, November 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8159
Was progress made in the sixth round of Brexit negotiations? This paper looks at what happened in the latest round of talks in each of the priority areas and at other developments linked to Brexit in the UK and the EU.
Brexit and medicines regulation
Published Monday, November 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8148
This briefing paper provides an overview of current medicines regulation in the UK and the relationship with the EMA and regulatory agencies in EU Member States. . It will consider what the options may be in this area following Brexit, and present comment on these from stakeholders.
EU (Withdrawal) Bill: the Charter, general principles of EU law, and 'Francovich' damages
Published Friday, November 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8140
This Commons Library briefing paper has been prepared for day 3 of the Committee Stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (the EUW Bill) in the House of Commons.
The European Investment Bank
Published Thursday, November 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8145
Based in Luxembourg, the European Investment Bank is the European Union’s bank, lending to projects that contribute to growth and employment within Europe. This briefing gives a short overview of the Bank's membership and operation, and discusses some of the issues surrounding the UK's future relationship with the Bank following Brexit.
EURATOM
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8036
A Commons Library briefing paper on EURATOM, the European Atomic Energy Community.
Brexit and the environment
Published Monday, November 13, 2017 | 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.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retained EU law
Published Friday, November 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8136
This briefing paper has been prepared for day 2, scheduled to take place on 15 November, of the Committee Stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (EUW Bill) in the House of Commons.
Brexit debates
Published Wednesday, November 8, 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.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Supremacy and the Court of Justice
Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8133
This Commons Library briefing paper has been prepared for days 1 and 3 of the Committee Stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (EUW Bill) in the House of Commons. It addresses clauses 5 and 6 of the Bill which together provide instructions to the courts on the status and interpretation of retained EU law (the new category of law which clauses 2, 3 and 4 of the EUW Bill would create).
Brexit reading list: general coverage
Published Monday, November 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7958
This paper provides links to a selection of analysis and comment on general ‘Brexit’ coverage.

Displaying 1-20 out of 345

About libraries

House of Commons Library

The House of Commons Library provides research, analysis and information services for MPs and their staff.

House of Lords Library

The House of Lords Library delivers research and information services to Members and staff of the House in support of parliamentary business.

POST

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology produces independent, balanced and accessible briefings on public policy issues related to science and technology.

Stay up to date

  • Subscribe to RSS feed Subscribe to Email alerts Commons Briefing papers
  • Subscribe to RSS feed Subscribe to Email alerts Lords In Focus
  • Subscribe to RSS feed Subscribe to Email alerts Lords Library notes
  • Subscribe to RSS feed Subscribe to Email alerts POSTnotes
  • Subscribe to RSS feed Subscribe to Email alerts POSTbriefs