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.
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.
Policing of protests
Published Friday, December 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN05013
This research briefing provides an overview of the current legislation and guidance relevant to the policing of protests, commentary on recent changes in this area and a discussion about calls for further reform
Proscribed Terrorist Organisations
Published Wednesday, December 18, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN00815
Proscription has been put forward as a powerful deterrent, a way of tackling lower-level support for terrorism, and a signal of rejection by society. However, questions have been raised as to its utility in combating terrorism. This paper sets out the grounds for proscription, the related offences under the Terrorism Act 2000, and some of the issues relating to the deproscription process.
The cost of the UK's strategic nuclear deterrent
Published Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8166
Since the acquisition of the UK's first strategic nuclear deterrent in the 1950s, the cost of procuring and maintaining it, and which Government department should finance it, has always been a matter of much debate.
Published Tuesday, December 17, 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.
Topics: Common Agricultural Policy, Economic and monetary union, EU budget, EU defence policy, EU enlargement, EU external relations, EU grants and loans, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, EU political integration, Legislative process
Published Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 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.
Topics: Common Agricultural Policy, Constitution, Economic and monetary union, Energy, EU budget, EU defence policy, EU enlargement, EU external relations, EU grants and loans, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, EU political integration, International law, International organisations, Legislative process
Replacing the UK's Nuclear Deterrent: Progress of the Dreadnought Class
Published Monday, December 16, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8010
In a vote in July 2016 the House of Commons approved the decision to maintain the UK’s nuclear deterrent beyond the early 2030s. After almost a decade of work on the project (the Successor programme), that vote subsequently enabled the programme to move forward into its manufacturing phase, which will see the construction of four new Dreadnought class ballistic missile submarines over the next 15-20 years.
The Intelligence and Security Committee
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02178
This paper describes the functions and powers of the Intelligence and Security Committee, which is responsible for scrutinising the UK's intelligence and security agencies. It outlines reforms to the Committee under the Justice and Security Act 2013, and summarises recent inquiries. It also explains the recent controversy surrounding the Committee's inquiry on Russian activity against the UK and the Government's refusal to permit publication of the report prior to the 2019 election.
Brexit: public procurement
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8390
Overview of the expected effects of Brexit on public procurement and future policy choices for the UK.
Brexit reading list: no deal
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8642
This paper provides links to a selection of 2019 publications by private sector organisations, think tanks, research institutes and other academic institutions on a no-deal exit from the EU.
Planning for a no-deal Brexit
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8733
After Boris Johnson became Prime Minister in July 2019 the Government intensified planning for a no-deal Brexit and stressed its intention to take the UK out of the EU on 31 October with or without a deal. But the UK remained in the EU after 31 October after a further extension of the Article 50 period was agreed with the EU. A no-deal Brexit however remains the default outcome if an agreement is not ratified. This briefing paper provides an overview of Government and EU preparations for a no-deal Brexit, and of recent reports analysing the possible impact of this outcome
Topics: Agriculture, Aviation, Business support, Economic policy, Energy, Environmental protection, EU budget, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, Europe, Fisheries, Food, Immigration, Industry, International trade, Legislative process, Medicine, Parliament, Public expenditure, Railways, Roads, Shipping, Unemployment
Hong Kong in 2019
Published Monday, November 4, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8661
This Commons Library briefing paper examines the factors behind the unrest in Hong Kong in 2019 and the UK/China Joint Declaration.
Brexit questions in national and EU courts
Published Friday, November 1, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8415
It has been predicted that Brexit issues will give rise to many legal actions in UK and other Member States' courts, and the Court of Justice of the EU. While there have not yet been a great many, several cases have been brought by UK citizens living in other EU Member States, while other cases have been interesting for their implications for the UK's future relations with the EU. This paper looks at issues that have been the subject of legal action in UK and EU courts.
Topics: Administration of justice, Central government, Constitution, Criminal law, Election expenditure, Election results : UK, Elections, Electoral franchise, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, Europe, Human rights, Immigration, Intellectual property, International law, Parliament, Parliamentary procedure
Parliament and the three extensions of Article 50
Published Thursday, October 31, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8725
This paper explains the legal and political background to the three extensions of the UK’s EU-exit process under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU). It sets out the UK Parliament’s role in the seeking and agreeing to those extension decisions of the European Council.