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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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The Nuclear Safeguards Act 2018
Published Friday, August 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8107
The Nuclear Safeguards Act 2018 makes provision for nuclear safeguards after the UK leaves Euratom. This Briefing Paper discusses the background to and content of the Bill, and details the Bill's progression through the legislative process.
Brexit debates 2018
Published Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | 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.
Brexit and the environment
Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8132
A House of Commons Library Briefing paper discussing current environmental law and policy in the UK and in the devolved nations; preparations for Brexit and potential impacts of Brexit; and actions and proposals being taken at a domestic level for both the UK and each of the nations in the UK.
Animal Sentience and Brexit
Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8155
The Government is reviewing the recognition of animal sentience and the need for UK legislation after Brexit. It has also announced it will legislate to increase the maximum sentence for animal cruelty offences.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Tuesday, July 31, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7815
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday when the legislatures are in session.
The status of "retained EU Law"
Published Tuesday, July 31, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8375
As the UK leaves the EU, it is converting most of EU law into a new type of domestic law. "Retained EU law" is created by the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and will come into effect on "exit day" (29 March 2019). But what is this new law, who can change it, and how?
World Day Against Trafficking in Persons: 30 July 2018
Published Friday, July 27, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0086
This House of Lords Library Briefing provides information on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, marked on 30 July each year.
UK adoption of EU external agreements after Brexit
Published Tuesday, July 24, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8370
The UK Government has said it is seeking to rollover the EU’s free and preferential trade agreements covering more than 70 non-EU countries. The EU currently has more than 1,000 international agreements with non-EU countries covering myriad regulatory and policy issues. It is not clear how many require action to ensure continuity in the UK’s relations with these countries post-Brexit.
Brexit and financial services
Published Friday, July 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7628
This Commons Library briefing paper brings together responses from financial organisations about the impact of the vote to leave the EU,. The vote to leave the EU has significant implications for the financial services sector, an economic sector which is critical to the UK economy. The degree of inter-linkage between the ‘City’ and the EU economies is substantial economically speaking and intricate in terms of the legislative interface.
Brexit Preparations and Negotiations
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0085
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 23 July 2018 in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Callanan, Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union, “that this House takes note of the preparations and negotiations connected with the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union”.
Brexit reading list: general coverage
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7958
This paper provides links to a selection of analysis and comment on general ‘Brexit’ coverage.
The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union
Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0183
A general debate on ‘The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union’ has been scheduled for Wednesday 18 July 2018 in the Main Chamber.
Brexit: Customs and Regulatory Arrangements
Published Friday, July 13, 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.
Brexit and European Citizenship
Published Friday, July 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8365
When the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 UK nationals will lose their right to EU citizenship. Although the draft withdrawal agreement contains provisions that will guarantee certain citizens' rights for UK citizens living in another EU Member State and for EU citizens living in the UK, they will not guarantee EU citizenship status. There have been proposals for a form of 'associate' EU citizenship, which does not at present exist and is not being discussed by the Brexit negotiators. This paper looks at the debate and at public support for such proposals.
The Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill
Published Friday, July 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8126
This briefing paper has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House Commons on Monday 16 July on the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill - sometimes referred to as the Customs Bill.
Biometric Technologies
Published Friday, June 29, 2018 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0578
Biometric technologies identify individuals based on their distinguishing physical and behavioural attributes, such as fingerprints, face, and voice. Unlike passwords or traditional identity documents, biometric attributes are inherently linked to a person and cannot usually be lost or forgotten, potentially providing greater security and convenience. This briefing focuses on how these technologies work, their applications, and the policy challenges raised by their use.
The new Italian Government
Published Friday, June 29, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8357
A new populist Italian government took office at the beginning of June 2018. International attention has focused on the government's refusal to allow migrant rescue boats to dock in Italy, and the combative approach of the new Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. The governing parties have been critical of the EU, and of the impact of the euro in particular, and the government has demanded a new approach from the EU on asylum and migration policy.
Age of Criminal Responsibility
Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018 | POSTnotes POST-PN-0577
A POSTnote that discusses the age of criminal responsibility and explores issues arising from international legal standards, the scientific research on children's mental and moral development, and alternative approaches to dealing with children in conflict with the law.
Brexit: Negotiations Update (March-June 2018)
Published Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8339
This briefing paper provides an update on the progress of the Article 50 TEU negotiations since March 2018, and what this leaves to be 'agreed' before a Withdrawal Agreement and attached Political Declaration on the Future Relationship can be concluded.

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