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The European Arrest Warrant
Published Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07016
This note considers the European Arrest Warrant, including an overview of the benefits it brings and the criticisms it gives rise to. Parliament has made a number of recent changes to the regime aimed at addressing criticism, and subsequently voted in favour of the UK remaining within the European Arrest Warrant framework.
Legislating for Brexit: EU directives
Published Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7943
What are EU directives and what will happen to them when the UK leaves the EU? This paper looks at EU directives in force and how they are implemented in the UK. This will give some idea of the task ahead for UK legislators.
Topics: Administration of justice, Agriculture, Animals, Asylum, Aviation, Benefits policy, Business support, Central government, Climate change, Common Agricultural Policy, Companies, Competition, Consumers, Countryside, Crime, Criminal law, Cultural heritage, Devolution, Diseases, Employment, Energy, Environmental protection, Equality, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, Europe, Financial services, Firearms, Fisheries, Food, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Forestry, Health education and preventive medicine, Health finance, Health services, Health staff and professions, Higher education, Human rights, Immigration, Industrial health and safety, Industrial relations, Industry, Insolvency, Intellectual property, International economic relations, International law, International organisations, International trade, Legislative process, Medicine, Parliament, Patient rights and complaints, Pensions, Pollution, Postal services, Privacy, Railways, Regulation, Research and innovation, Roads, Security industry, Shipping, Small businesses, Standards, Students, Taxation, Terrorism, Training, Utilities, Waste management, Water
European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 and the Rights of EU Nationals
Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0026
This House of Lords Library briefing summarises several attempts (ultimately unsuccessful) made during the passage of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 to introduce amendments to guarantee that the rights of EU/EEA citizens currently living in the UK would continue after Brexit.
Published Monday, March 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7840
This Commons Library research briefing contains a list of commonly-used terms and acronyms that have needed clarification since the United Kingdom voted in the June 2016 EU referendum.
Topics: Common Agricultural Policy, Economic and monetary union, Energy, EU budget, EU defence policy, EU enlargement, EU external relations, EU grants and loans, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, EU political integration, International law, International organisations
Leaving the European Union: Euratom
Published Thursday, February 23, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0010
The Government has stated that leaving the EU also means leaving the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). This Lords Library briefing examines what Euratom does and the possible implications of leaving Euratom for the future of the nuclear industry and nuclear research in the UK.
European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Monday, February 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0009
This Lords Library briefing provides information on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill ahead of its second reading on 20 and 21 February 2017. The Bill would give the Prime Minister power to notify the European Council of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the European Union, under the procedure set out in Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.
Topics: Constitution, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, Immigration, International trade, Legislative process, Ministers, National Assembly for Wales, Northern Ireland Assembly, Nuclear power, Parliament, Scottish Parliament, Taxation
Parliament's role in ratifying treaties
Published Friday, February 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05855
Parliament now has a statutory role in ratifying treaties. As this Commons Library briefing paper explains, the Government must lay most treaties before Parliament for 21 sitting days before it can ratify them, and the Commons can block ratification indefinitely. However, there is no statutory requirement for a debate or vote, and parliament cannot amend treaties.
European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill
Published Monday, January 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7884
This Library briefing analyses the short Bill that offers Parliament its first opportunity to give legal effect to the result of the EU referendum by providing the UK Government with authority to trigger Article 50 on leaving the EU.
European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill
Published Monday, January 30, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0007
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill which was introduced in the House of Commons on 26 January 2017, following the Supreme Court judgment that legislation was required to authorise the triggering of Article 50.
Treaty negotiations: when has the Government published its position?
Published Thursday, January 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7823
How much information does the Government give Parliament about its position in advance of treaty negotiations? Is it bound to provide Parliament with information on its 'red lines' and strategies? This note looks at some past examples of White and Green Papers ahead of treaty negotiations.
Topics: Arms control, Central government, Common Agricultural Policy, Constitution, Crown, Defence equipment and procurement, Defence policy, Economic and monetary union, EU budget, EU defence policy, EU enlargement, EU external relations, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, EU political integration, Europe, Human rights, International economic relations, International law, International organisations, International politics and government, Legislative process, Parliament
Brexit: how does the Article 50 process work?
Published Monday, January 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7551
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the process of withdrawing from the EU under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. There could be a complex and difficult negotiation lasting two years or more, or the UK could leave without settling its exit terms or its future relationship with the EU.
Legislating for Brexit: Statutory Instruments implementing EU law
Published Monday, January 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7867
How does the UK implement EU law and how many UK laws are there which implement EU law? This paper looks at how the majority of EU directives are implemented in the UK and lists EU-related UK Statutory Instruments.