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Brexit statements
Published Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8467
This paper provides links to a selection of statements both written and oral that have referenced Brexit in the title or in the statement since the EU referendum. This paper will be updated periodically.
Brexit debates 2019
Published Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8489
This paper provides links to a selection of debates that have referenced Brexit in the title or during a debate in 2019. This paper will be updated periodically.
Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Monday, May 20, 2019 | 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.
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund
Published Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8527
Background and issues for consideration concerning the Government's proposed Shared Prosperity Fund, which will replace EU structural funding after Brexit.
Brexit reading list: economic, business and transport policy issues
Published Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7830
The Commons Library has compiled, from a wide range of sources, a selection of analysis and comment relevant to the UK's forthcoming withdrawal from the European Union.
Brexit reading list: general coverage
Published Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7958
This paper provides links to a selection of analysis and comment on general ‘Brexit’ coverage.
E-petitions relating to leaving the European Union
Published Thursday, March 28, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0077
A debate will be held in Westminster Hall on Monday 1 April 2019 at 4.30pm on e-petitions 241584, 235138 and 243319 relating to leaving the European Union. The Member leading the debate is Catherine McKinnell MP.
Tariffs: Theory and Practice
Published Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0039
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on the use of tariffs in international trade.
Brexit: the financial settlement
Published Thursday, March 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8039
The financial settlement - often labeled the 'exit bill' or 'divorce bill' - sets out how the UK and EU will settle their outstanding financial commitments to each other.
E-petition 239706 relating to leaving the European Union
Published Thursday, March 7, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0061
A debate will be held in Westminster Hall on Monday 11 March 2019 at 4.30pm on e-petition 239706 relating to leaving the European Union. The Member leading the debate is Daniel Zeichner MP.
What if there's no Brexit deal?
Published Friday, February 8, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8397
What could happen if the EU and UK negotiators don't agree a withdrawal agreement in time and the UK has to leave the EU on 29 March 2019 without one - and with no framework for future relations either? This paper looks at how such a situation might come about, the constitutional implications for the UK and in some cases for the devolved administrations, and what the impact might be in a range of policy areas.

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E-petition 224908 relating to leaving the European Union
Published Thursday, January 31, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0025
A Westminster Hall debate on 'E-petition 224908 relating to leaving the European Union' is scheduled for Monday 4 February from 4.30pm. The Member opening the debate is Paul Scully MP.
E-petitions 229963, 221747 and 235185, relating to leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement, 232984 and 241361 relating to holding a further referendum on leaving the EU, and 226509 and 236261 relating to not leaving the EU
Published Thursday, January 10, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0002
A debate will be held in Westminster Hall on Monday 14 January at 4.30pm on e-petitions 229963, 221747 and 235185, relating to leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement, 232984 and 241361 relating to holding a further referendum on leaving the EU, and 226509 and 236261 relating to not leaving the EU. Paul Scully MP will open the debate.
Brexit debates 2018
Published Monday, January 7, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8246
This paper provides links to a selection of debates that have referenced Brexit in the title or during a debate in 2018. This paper will be updated periodically.
UK funding from the EU
Published Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7847
This Commons Library briefing looks at the funding received by the UK from EU institutions and considers the implications of Brexit on the EU as a source of funding for regional development, agriculture support, research and innovation and other areas.
The UK's contribution to the EU budget
Published Friday, November 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7886
This note considers how much the UK contributes to the EU budget and how much it receives back. Potential payments to the EU on or after Brexit - such as the exit bill - are also discussed.
Brexit Glossary
Published Thursday, November 22, 2018 | 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.
Wales and the Shared Prosperity Fund
Published Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0251
There will be a debate in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 14th November at 4:30pm on Wales and the Shared Prosperity Fund. The Member in charge of the debate is Ian Lucas.
EU State Aid rules and WTO Subsidies Agreement
Published Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06775
As a member of the EU and of the WTO, the UK must follow a number of rules when providing assistance to businesses and industries. This note explains the rules around state aid and subsidies, their motivations and differences. It also looks at what might change after the UK leaves the EU.
Foreign Language Skills: Trends and Developments
Published Tuesday, November 6, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0113
This House of Lords Library Briefing explores the subject of foreign language skills in England and the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on this issue.

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