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Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7912
This reading list brings together briefings on Brexit by the Parliamentary libraries and the Devolved Assembly research services with reports by Parliamentary and Devolved Assembly committees following the result of the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.
Topics: Animal welfare, Armed forces, Asylum, Aviation, Climate change, Common Agricultural Policy, Consumers, Courts, Data protection, Defence equipment and procurement, Devolution, Economic policy, Employment, Energy, Environmental protection, EU budget, EU external relations, EU grants and loans, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, Financial services, Fisheries, Food, Forestry, Health services, Higher education, Human rights, Immigration, Industry, Information technology, International development, International economic relations, International law, International politics and government, International trade, Legislative process, Medicine, Overseas territories, Parliament, Pensions, Railways, Regulation, Research and innovation, Roads, Science, Shipping, Water
Brexit: the draft withdrawal agreement
Published Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8269
The Commission published a draft legal text of the withdrawal agreement in February 2018 and an updated draft on 15 March. On 19 March a third text was published which showed where there is full agreement between the EU and the UK, where there is agreement in principle and where there is no agreement. This paper looks at the recent draft, making reference to earlier drafts where relevant.
Topics: Administration of justice, Benefits administration, Benefits policy, Central government, Civil law, Criminal law, Economic policy, Equality, EU budget, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, Europe, Family benefits, Fisheries, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Health services, Human rights, Immigration, Intellectual property, International economic relations, International law, International organisations, International politics and government, International trade, Legislative process, Parliament, Pensions, Regulation
Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, March 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.
UK trade with Ireland
Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8173
Ireland is one of the UK's largest trading partners. This note gives some key statistics on UK-Ireland trade.
The Trade Bill
Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8073
This paper on the Trade Bill has been updated to take account of the Committee Stage.
Anti-corruption strategy and the illegal wildlife trade
Published Monday, February 26, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0048
A Westminster Hall debate on the 'Anti-corruption strategy and the illegal wildlife trade' is scheduled for Wednesday 28 February 2018 from 2.30-4.00pm. The Member initiating the debate is Dr Rupa Huq MP.
Geographical pattern of UK trade
Published Friday, February 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7593
This note looks at the UK's trade with its main trading partners.
Statistics on UK-EU trade
Published Friday, February 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7851
This note provides some basic statistics on the UK's trade with the EU.
The European Free Trade Association
Published Friday, February 2, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0031
On 8 February 2018, there will be a Westminster Hall debate at 9:30am on the European Free Trade Association. The debate is sponsored by Stephen Hammond MP.
Current European Union Trade Agreements
Published Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0012
This House of Lords Library Briefing summarises the EU's trading relationships with OECD and BRICS countries, excluding European Free Trade Association states.
Burma: January 2018 update
Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7901
Many hoped that the November 2015 general election would be a tipping-point in Burma’s ‘democratic transition’, which began in 2011. The new National League for Democracy government took office in April 2016 in an atmosphere of hope – but the honeymoon has turned out to be brief. The limits of Aung San Suu Kyi's power have been exposed by her inability to control the actions of the security forces in Rakhine State, where they stand accused of committing serious human rights abuses against the Muslim Rohingya. Her international reputation has been damaged and there is now talk of reintroducing sanctions.
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.
Brexit: 'sufficient progress' to move to phase 2
Published Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8183
This paper looks at the path towards 'sufficient progress' in the first phase of Brexit negotiations and the Joint Report agreed by the UK Government and the EU. It focuses on the three priority areas: citizens' rights, the financial settlement and the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The paper also looks at other recent developments and parliamentary consideration of Brexit.
Topics: Central government, Defence policy, Devolution, Economic policy, EU budget, EU defence policy, EU external relations, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, EU political integration, Europe, Human rights, Immigration, International economic relations, International law, International organisations, International politics and government, International trade, Parliament
Future of UK Trade and Customs Policy
Published Friday, December 1, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0089
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been written ahead of the debate in the House of Lords on 5 December 2017 to take note of the future of United Kingdom trade and customs policy in the light of Her Majesty’s Government white papers 'Preparing for our Future UK Trade Policy' (Cm 9470) and 'Customs Bill: Legislating for the UK’s Future Customs' (Cm 9502).
Autumn Budget 2017: A summary
Published Thursday, November 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8153
A summary of Autumn Budget 2017 and the Office for Budget Responsibility's forecasts for the economy and public finances.
Autumn Budget 2017: Background briefing
Published Friday, November 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8144
The briefing sets out the background to Autumn Budget 2017 which will take place on Wednesday 22 November 2017. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) will publish revised forecasts for the economy and public finances on the same day.
Topics: Benefits administration, Benefits policy, Economic policy, Economic situation, Family benefits, Housing benefits, International trade, Pay, Public expenditure, Taxation, Working age benefits
Statistics on UK trade with China
Published Friday, November 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7379
China is one of the UK's largest trading partners. This note gives some key statistics on UK-China trade.