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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.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
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Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Friday, January 17, 2020 | 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.
Unemployment - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers SN02800
Unemployment: International Comparisons: Data on harmonised unemployment rates for major international economies.
What now for the Iran nuclear deal?
Published Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8792
At the beginning of January 2020 Iran announced that it would no longer abide by any of its commitments set down in the nuclear deal (the JCPOA) agreed in 2015. In light of that decision, the UK, Germany and France (the E3), who are signatories to the deal, announced on 14 January that Iran's non-compliance would be referred to the Joint Commission under the Dispute Resolution Mechanism of the JCPOA. What happens next?
UK forces in the Middle East region
Published Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8794
The UK armed forces use a range of bases and facilities in the Middle East. This short Commons Library note identifies the main ones.
Brexit reading list: defence and security
Published Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7742
The Commons Library has compiled a selection of analysis and comment on defence and security related matters, relevant to the UK's forthcoming withdrawal from the European Union.
North Korea: January 2020 update
Published Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8793
US-North Korea tensions in 2017 over the latter's nuclear weapons ambitions were replaced by dialogue and detente between 2018 and mid-2019. However, after two face-to-face summits between President Donald Trump and his Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un, the mood has darkened once again. This briefing reviews developments over the past 18 months and assesses future prospects.
UK trade with Ireland
Published Tuesday, January 14, 2020 | 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.
2019 CJEU Judgments in Summary
Published Friday, January 10, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8573
This briefing paper summarises a selection of Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) judgments from 2019.
Brexit: devolved legislature business
Published Thursday, January 9, 2020 | 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.
Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill 2019-20
Published Thursday, January 9, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8689
The Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill [HL] 2019-20 was announced in the Queen’s Speech on 19 December 2019. No date is yet available for second reading.
Myanmar: January 2020 update
Published Tuesday, January 7, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8443
After a brief period when Myanmar was viewed by the rest of the world as an inspiring 'success story', the country is once again the target of strong international criticism over the Rohingya crisis. This briefing surveys developments since the beginning of 2018.
Iraq, Iranian influence and the death of Soleimani
Published Monday, January 6, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8758
With the killing of Iranian General Soleimani by the US in Iraq, US/Iranian tensions have reached a new high. His death was the culmination of a very rocky year for Iraq and for Iranian influence there.

Topics: Iran, Iraq, Middle East

Fisheries Bill 2019-20
Published Monday, January 6, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8703
The Fisheries Bill 2019-20 was announced in the Queen’s Speech on 19 December 2019. No date is yet available for second reading.
The new EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill
Published Monday, January 6, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8776
A briefing on the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20, published in December 2019, and a comparison with the previous version of the Bill considered by the House of Commons in October 2019.
UK troops in Iraq
Published Monday, January 6, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8773
The Iraqi Parliament has voted to expel foreign forces from Iraq in the wake of the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the UK military in Iraq.
Operation Kipion: Royal Navy assets in the Persian Gulf
Published Monday, January 6, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8628
Amidst rising tensions in the Persian Gulf there is increasing interest in the Royal Navy's assets in the region.
Counter-Terrorism (Sentencing and Release Bill) 2019-20
Published Thursday, January 2, 2020 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8771
The Counter-Terrorism (Sentencing and Release Bill) 2019-20 was announced in the Queen's Speech on 19.12.2019. No date is yet available for second reading.

Topic: Terrorism

Deportation of foreign national offenders
Published Tuesday, December 31, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8062
This Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of the Home Secretary's powers to deport foreign criminals from the UK, related Government policy and Parliamentary and external scrutiny of the efficiency of current procedures.
Trade in services and Brexit
Published Friday, December 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8586
While the UK prepares to leave the EU, the future of services trade has received less attention in the public debate than trade in goods. The UK’s exposure to services trade means however that businesses in many sectors across the economy will be affected. This paper looks at the complexity of international trade in services and discusses what could change under the different future scenarios.
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Statistics
Published Friday, December 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8534
This note defines FDI and looks at recent trends in UK and world FDI

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