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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).
Agriculture, Fisheries and the Rural Economy
Published Monday, October 30, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0076
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on the new opportunities and challenges for agriculture, fisheries and the rural economy in the United Kingdom on 2 November 2017.
Brexit: the October negotiations
Published Friday, October 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8125
What happened in round five of the Brexit negotiations - the last scheduled round in phase one? Did the EU negotiator, Michel Barnier, and the other 27 EU Member State leaders think "sufficient progress" had been made in the priority areas to move on to a discussion of the UK's future relations with the EU? And what about a transition period or the possibility of a 'no deal' scenario? Has the Government planned for this? This note looks at what happened in the October round and other Brexit issues.
Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0074
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill on 1 November 2017.
European Union (Approvals) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0071
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the European Union (Approvals) Bill on 25 October 2017.
Exiting the European Union and data protection
Published Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0170
A general debate on exiting the European Union and data protection is scheduled for Thursday 12 October 2017.
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.
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 ...
Effect of UK leaving the EU on consumers and consumer protection
Published Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0169
A Westminster Hall debate on the "Effect of the UK leaving the EU on consumers and consumer protection" is scheduled for Tuesday 10 October 2017 at 2.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Vicky Ford MP.
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.
Regulating Clinical Trials
Published Monday, October 2, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0561
This POSTnote describes the new EU Clinical Trial Regulation and the timetable for its implementation and examines its likely impact on the regulation of clinical trials in the UK post-Brexit.
Position Papers and Future Partnership Papers on the UK's Future Relationship with the EU
Published Thursday, September 7, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0057
This House of Lords Library briefing provides an overview of the position papers, future partnership papers and technical notes published by the Government in connection with the Brexit negotiations with the EU.
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.
Leaving the European Union: Reporting to Parliament on the Progress of Negotiations
Published Tuesday, August 29, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0055
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background information on the Government’s plans for reporting to Parliament on the progress of Brexit negotiations in advance of a question for short debate on this subject on 7 September 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.
Brexit Negotiations: The Irish border question
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8042
The border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and how it will operate, is one of the three main areas of discussion in the first phase of Brexit negotiations . This paper sets out the different UK and EU negotiating positions as well as how they both pledge to honour the Good Friday Agreement, and what this pledge commits both sides to. It looks at how the Northern Irish devolved government is inputting into the talks, and how the confidence and supply deal between the Conservative party and the DUP might impact on the negotiations. This paper explores how people will move between the two countries, and how the Common Travel Area might be maintained. It also looks at the complexities of avoiding a 'hard border', the stated position of both the EU and the UK, while still adhering to EU rules on moving goods between itself and countries outside the Single Market and Customs Union.
Exiting the EU and sanctions
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0148
This Debate Pack has been prepared for the general debate on 'Exiting the European Union and sanctions', to be held in the main chamber on Wednesday 19 July 2017
Brexit: the talks begin
Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8017
The Brexit negotiations: what, when and how? This paper looks at the agenda and timetable for the first phase of talks, who is involved on the EU and UK sides, what they will be discussing and what positions - if any - they have taken so far.

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