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    • 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.
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An introduction to UK arms exports
Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8312
A short introduction to UK arms exports. This Commons Library paper explains what arms exports are, what controls are in place and the process for granting licenses. It briefly looks at some of the most commonly raised concerns about UK arms exports.
UK aid: frequently asked questions
Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7996
What is aid? What is the UN 0.7% aid target and why has the UK adopted it? Which government departments spend UK aid? What impact does UK aid have? What will be the impact of Brexit on UK aid? These and other questions are answered in an accessible way in this briefing paper.
Brexit: Customs and Regulatory Arrangements in the Future Partnership Agreement
Published Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8309
This paper considers the proposals the UK Government has made to satisfy the simultaneous objectives to leave the EU Customs Union, but have a cooperative ‘customs arrangement’ following Brexit; and to leave the Single Market, but maintain trade that is ‘as frictionless as possible’ following Brexit. These proposals have to navigate the EU’s 'red lines', primarily the ones that preclude sectoral agreements (or ‘cherry-picking’), and that guarantee an invisible land border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.
Motor industry: statistics and policy
Published Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN00611
The motor vehicle manufacturing industry in the UK: statistics and policy.
The Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill
Published Friday, May 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8126
This briefing paper has been updated to take account of the Second Reading debate and Committee Stage in the House of Commons on the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill - sometimes referred to as the Customs Bill.
Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published Thursday, May 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.
Businesses that trade with non-EU countries, by constituency
Published Wednesday, May 2, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8293
Download this spreadsheet to see a list of businesses in your constituency that trade with non-EU countries, and the products they trade in.
Statistics on UK-EU trade
Published Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7851
This note provides some basic statistics on the UK's trade with the EU.
A UK-EU customs union?
Published Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8290
This note has been prepared for the debate on the customs union in the House of Commons on 26 April 2018.
Brexit: new guidelines on the framework for future EU-UK relations
Published Thursday, April 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8289
Brexit negotiations have resumed and this third phase will cover issues outstanding from the last phases - the Irish border in particular - and the framework for future EU-UK relations. This paper looks at how the EU and the UK envisage their relationship after Brexit.
Statistics on UK trade with the Commonwealth
Published Thursday, April 12, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8282
This note gives some key statistics on UK-Commonwealth trade.
Brexit: the draft withdrawal agreement
Published Monday, March 26, 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.
UK trade, 1948-2016: statistics
Published Friday, March 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8261
Statistics on UK trade, 1948-2016
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.
Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0025
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [HL] in the House of Lords on 27 February 2018.
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.

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