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European Union (Referendum) Bill 2013-14-progress of the bill
Published Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | Commons Briefing papers SN06711
This Standard Note sets out progress on the European Union (Referendum) Bill 2013-4 introduced by the Conservative MP James Wharton, who was first in the ballot for Private Members’ Bills. Research Paper 13/41 European Union (Referendum) Bill gives full background to the Bill.
The Commission Work Programme 2014
Published Friday, January 17, 2014 | Commons Briefing papers SN06797
The European Commission's Work Programme for 2014 sets out four priority areas in which it intends to act: economic and monetary union, sustainable growth, justice and security and external action. The UK Government broadly supports the programme but has some specific concerns and reservations.
Leaving the EU
Published Monday, July 1, 2013 | Commons Briefing papers RP13-42
The Treaty on European Union provides for a Member State to leave the EU, either on the basis of a negotiated withdrawal agreement or without one. If the UK were to leave the EU following a referendum, it is likely that the Government would negotiate an agreement with the EU, which would probably contain transitional arrangements as well as provide for the UK’s long-term future relations with the EU. There is no precedent for such an agreement, but it would in all likelihood come at the end of complex and lengthy negotiations.
Regulation of Referendums
Published Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | Commons Briefing papers SN05142
This Note sets out the mechanics for holding referendums. It summarises the applicable provisions of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) which regulate publicity and campaigning.
Debate on 31 January: Prime Minister’s Speech on Europe
Published Friday, January 25, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-002
This Library Note provides a short history of Prime Ministerial speeches on Europe since 1970; outlines Government policy towards Europe since 2010; summarises David Cameron’s speech and selected reaction to it; and considers some aspects of the proposed renegotiation and referendum. It concludes with information about trends in public opinion towards Britain’s membership of the EU.
Referendums on the European Union
Published Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | Commons Briefing papers SN06472
This Note charts the referendums on EU matters held in candidate and Member States since 1972, with brief details on turnout and results.
The UK and Europe: time for a new relationship?
Published Tuesday, July 24, 2012 | Commons Briefing papers SN06393
This note looks at views on a referendum on the UK’s EU membership, and government, parliamentary and public views on the UK’s future relations with the EU.
Repatriating EU powers to Member States
Published Wednesday, December 7, 2011 | Commons Briefing papers SN06153
The EU Treaties as amended by the Lisbon Treaty provides for the first time a Treaty base for the return, as well as the increase, of powers. Either would in all likelihood require a Treaty amendment.
In brief: leaving the European Union
Published Thursday, October 20, 2011 | Commons Briefing papers SN06089
The Lisbon Treaty allows EU Member States to leave the European Union. However, the process, as yet untested, would in all likelihood not be straightforward and would involve negotiating a new relationship for the UK with the EU.
The European Union Bill 2010-11: Lords Committee and Report Stages
Published Tuesday, July 5, 2011 | Commons Briefing papers SN06024
This Note looks at Lords amendments to the European Union Bill 2010-11 covering Committee and Report stages, and Third Reading.
The Government's Policy on Europe
Published Monday, February 7, 2011 | Commons Briefing papers SN05854
This Note looks at the Government's policy on Europe: first, at the election manifestos of the two parties, the Coalition Programme for Government and the Government's response since May 2010 to matters concerning the EU.
The Lisbon Strategy
Published Thursday, November 19, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers SN03404
The Lisbon Strategy. By Dominic Webb. SN/EP/3404.
The Lisbon Treaty: ratification by the Czech Republic
Published Monday, November 9, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers SN05214
This Note looks at the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon by the Czech Republic.
The Reflection Group Horizon 2020-2030
Published Tuesday, February 10, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers SN04961
This Note considers the Reflection Group established by the European Council in December 2007 to discuss the future of Europe.
The Lisbon Treaty: the final four
Published Tuesday, January 20, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers SN04943
This Note looks at progress in the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon which was signed in December 2007. It updates Research paper 08/66, "The Treaty of Lisbon: an Uncertain Future" 30 July 2008, in this regard.
Progress on Enlargement at a Glance: 2008
Published Friday, December 19, 2008 | Commons Briefing papers SN04918
This Note looks at the European Commission's latest progress report on EU candidate and potential candidate states.
The Lisbon Treaty: the European Council and prospects for Irish ratification
Published Thursday, December 18, 2008 | Commons Briefing papers SN04921
This Note looks at the discussions in Ireland, the European Union Institutions and other Member States about the prospects for Irish ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon. It considers the declarations on concessions agreed by the European Council on 11-12 December 2008 which are intended to facilitate Irish ratification in 2009.
Eurosceptic campaigns alleging the abolition of Westminster
Published Thursday, November 20, 2008 | Commons Briefing papers SN04894
This Note looks at a few eurosceptic campaigns alleging that the EU will remove England from the map of Europe and abolish the government and parliament at Westminster. It considers the EU instruments linked to such allegations.
The Treaty of Lisbon: an uncertain future
Published Wednesday, July 30, 2008 | Commons Briefing papers RP08-66
On 12 June 2008 the Republic or Ireland voted against ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon, throwing the EU into uncertain waters once again. Although most Member States, including the UK, have continued with the ratification processes, the future of the Lisbon Treaty remains uncertain.
The Treaty of Lisbon: amendments to the Treaty on European Union
Published Thursday, January 24, 2008 | Commons Briefing papers RP08-09

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