Brexit and Gibraltar
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7963
When the UK leaves the EU Gibraltar., a British Overseas Territory, will leave too. But could special arrangements be negotiated for Gibraltar? Will Spain cooperate in the negotiations between the EU and the UK or could Gibraltar become a bargaining chip for Spain to push its sovereignty claim? This paper considers Gibraltar's constitutional status and some of the possible impacts of Brexit.
Topics: EU institutions, EU law and treaties, EU political integration, Europe, European Council, Financial services, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, International trade, Overseas territories, Service industries, Tourism
Leaving the European Union: Status of Gibraltar
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Lords In Focus LIF-2017-0041
This House of Lords Library briefing provides background on the government, economy and society of Gibraltar, its historical status, and information on recent debates concerning its sovereignty following the result of the 2016 EU referendum.
Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | 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: Administration of justice, Agriculture and environment, Animals, Armed forces, Asylum, Aviation, Central government, Civil law, Climate change, Common Agricultural Policy, Companies, Consumers, Criminal law, Data protection, Defence equipment and procurement, Defence policy, Devolution, Economic policy, Economic situation, Energy, Environmental protection, Equality, EU budget, EU external relations, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, Europe, Farmers, Financial institutions, Financial services, Fisheries, Food, Forestry, Genetics, Health services, Higher education, Housing, Human rights, Immigration, Incomes and poverty, Industry, Information technology, International development, International economic relations, International organisations, International politics and government, International trade, Legislative process, Local government, Medicine, Middle East, North America, Overseas territories, Parliament, Pensions, Railways, Research and innovation, Roads, Russia, Science, Terrorism, Unemployment, Water
Cyber Security of UK Infrastructure
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0554
The Government has identified ‘cyber’ as one of six Tier 1 threats to UK national security. This POSTnote focuses on the cyber security of the UK’s critical national infrastructure, describing measures to improve cyber security and challenges in implementing them. It also reviews the new National Cyber Security Strategy, along with international policy and legislation.
Topics: Armed forces, Arms control, Aviation, Central government, Data protection, Emergencies and disaster management, Employment, Energy, EU law and treaties, Financial institutions, Health services, Industry, Information technology, Intelligence services, International law, International trade, Internet and cybercrime, Ministers, Offensive weapons, Privacy, Railways, Regulation, Roads, Security industry, Standards, Students, Terrorism, Training, Utilities, Water
Published Monday, April 24, 2017 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0552
Quantum Technologies use the behaviour of matter and light that is normally only observed at very small scales. This POSTnote introduces recent advances, applications, and UK initiatives to support their development and commercialisation. It also reviews policy concerns such as privacy, access to new technologies and secure communications.
Topics: Armed forces, Arms control, Aviation, Companies, Defence equipment and procurement, Defence expenditure, Defence policy, Economic policy, Employment, EU budget, European Commission, Industry, Intellectual property, International trade, Medicine, Research and innovation, Roads, Science, Utilities, Water
Trade: Key Economic Indicators
Published Friday, April 7, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02815
Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.
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
Leaving the European Union: World Trade Organisation
Published Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0017
This Library briefing provides an overview of the World Trade Organisation. It examines the history, structure and membership of the organisation. It provides information on the agreements underpinning the international trading system and the principles that govern trade between members of the WTO. It also considers how the UK would trade with the EU under WTO terms, if the UK left the EU without a trade deal.
Brexit: trade aspects
Published Tuesday, March 21, 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.
Leaving the European Union: The UK and Ireland
Published Monday, March 13, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0012
For the UK, the decision to leave the EU could have a significant impact, particularly on its relationship with Ireland. This includes on peace and security, which encompasses the peace process following the 30-year conflict in Northern Ireland, known as ‘the Troubles’, border controls and the Common Travel Area; and trade, particularly the bilateral trade relationship between UK and Ireland. This briefing examines the implications of the UK’s decision to leave the EU on its relationship with Ireland, particularly, in regards to peace, security and trade. In addition to covering the aforementioned issues in closer detail, this briefing also examines the current situation in both the UK and Ireland, and discusses the potential implications of the UK leaving the EU, drawing upon commentary from UK and Irish heads of governments, political parties, think tanks and organisations.
Spring Budget 2017: Background briefing
Published Friday, March 3, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7913
The briefing sets out the background to Spring Budget 2017 which will take place on Wednesday 8 March 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, Bereavement benefits, Community care, Economic policy, Economic situation, Family benefits, Health finance, Housing benefits, Incomes and poverty, International trade, Local government, Older people, Public expenditure, Sickness, disability and carers' benefits, Taxation, Working age benefits
Trophy Hunting: UK and international policy
Published Thursday, February 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7908
This Commons Library Briefing Paper looks at the issues surrounding trophy hunting, particularly the sport of hunting lions. It examines the impacts of this industry on biodiversity and asks whether it can contribute positively to conservation.
Promoting trade with the Commonwealth
Published Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0049
A debate will be held on promoting trade with the Commonwealth to in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 22 February at 2.30pm. The subject for debate has been chosen by Jake Berry MP.
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
Burma: February 2017 update
Published Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 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. While there have been many positive developments since then, the limits of Aung San Suu Kyi's power are arguably being exposed by her inability to control the actions of the security forces in Rakhine State, where they stand accused by the UN and international human rights groups of committing further serious human rights abuses against the Muslim Rohingya over the past three months or so.
Nigeria: February 2017 update
Published Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7897
This briefing reviews the current political and economic situation in Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari.
Japan: February 2017 update
Published Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7895
Politically dominant at home despite the continuing sluggishness of the Japanese economy, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces serious challenges in charting a positive way forward on relations with the US under the new Trump Administration and with China, where their territorial dispute over the East China Sea continues to cast a deep shadow. This briefing surveys the outlook for Japan during 2017 both at home and abroad.
CETA: the EU-Canada free trade agreement
Published Friday, February 3, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7492
This note provides details about CETA, the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Partnership. This is a free trade agreement between the EU and Canada.
Domestic Ivory Market in the UK
Published Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0034
The Petitions Committee have scheduled a debate in Westminster Hall on Monday 6 February 2017 at 4.30pm on the motion “That this House has considered e-petition 165905 relating to the domestic ivory market in the UK”.
Luke Hall MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, will lead the debate.
Petition to Parliament and Government Response from DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs):