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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 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.
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.
European Union citizenship
Published Tuesday, March 6, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0061
This Debate Pack has been produced ahead of the Opposition Day debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Wednesday 7 March 2018, on 'European Union citizenship'. The debate will be on a motion put forward by Plaid Cymru and will be initiated by Liz Saville-Roberts MP.
Alternatives to a no-deal outcome in negotiations with the EU
Published Monday, February 19, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0039
A Westminster Hall debate on the 'Alternatives to a no-deal outcome in negotiations with the EU' is scheduled for Wednesday 21 February 2018 from 9.30-11.00am. The Member initiating the debate is Antoinette Sandbach MP.
E-petition 200165 relating to leaving the European Union
Published Thursday, January 18, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0007
This Debate Pack has been prepared for the 'debate on e-petition 200165, relating to leaving the European Union', to be held in Westminster Hall at 4:30pm. The Member opening the debate is Paul Scully MP.
Brexit reading list: negotiations and future relations
Published Wednesday, December 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7989
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: legal and constitutional issues
Published Wednesday, December 20, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7702
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 debates: June 2016 - December 2017
Published Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8131
This paper provides links to a selection of debates that have referenced Brexit in the title or during a debate since the EU referendum in June 2016.
Brexit: 'sufficient progress' to move to phase 2
Published Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8183
This paper looks at the path towards 'sufficient progress' in the first phase of Brexit negotiations and the Joint Report agreed by the UK Government and the EU. It focuses on the three priority areas: citizens' rights, the financial settlement and the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The paper also looks at other recent developments and parliamentary consideration of Brexit.
E-petitions 200004, 187570, 193282 and 200311 relating to a referendum on the deal for the UK’s exit from the European Union
Published Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0253
Debate Pack for the Westminster Hall debate on Monday 11 December at 4.30pm considering e-petitions 200004, 187570, 193282 and 200311 relating to a referendum on the deal for the UK’s exit from the European Union. The debate has been initiated by the Petitions Committee and will be led by Susan Elan Jones MP.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retained EU law
Published Friday, November 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8136
This briefing paper has been prepared for day 2, scheduled to take place on 15 November, of the Committee Stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (EUW Bill) in the House of Commons.
Brexit: the September negotiations
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8104
What happened at the fourth round of Brexit negotiations from 25 to 28 September 2017? And what did Theresa May say that was so important in her speech in Florence on 22 September? Have discussions progressed sufficiently to move on to a negotiation of the UK's future trade and other relations with the EU? The EU thinks not; the UK is impatient to move on. This is what happened ...
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.
The French Presidential election 2017 (second round)
Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7962
What are the implications of the 2017 French Presidential Election? What are the prospects for a Marine Le Pen or Emmanuel Macron victory? This paper looks at the candidates, their policies and the future challenges they might face should they win.
Leaving the European Union: Profile of the EU27
Published Friday, March 31, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0018
This Lords Library briefing provides summary profiles on each of the EU27 member states.
Brexit Glossary
Published Monday, March 13, 2017 | 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.
Treaty negotiations: when has the Government published its position?
Published Thursday, January 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7823
How much information does the Government give Parliament about its position in advance of treaty negotiations? Is it bound to provide Parliament with information on its 'red lines' and strategies? This note looks at some past examples of White and Green Papers ahead of treaty negotiations.
Brexit: impact across policy areas
Published Friday, August 26, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7213
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the situation in a range of policy areas and considers what impact Brexit might have. This will depend, among other things, on the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK stays in the European Economic Area and how the Government fills any policy gaps left by withdrawal.
Brexit and UK immigration and asylum policy: a reading list
Published Tuesday, August 2, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7675
This reading list collates some recent commentary on the implications of the EU referendum vote for future UK immigration and asylum policy, and links to some related Library briefings.

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