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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on the European Union Council of Ministers. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

    Commons Briefing Papers

    DateDescription
    24.06.2016Reading list on UK-EU relations 2013-16: reform, renegotiation, withdrawal
    The Commons Library has compiled a selection of books, journal and press articles, think tank, parliamentary and library publications relevant to the UK's renegotiation of its membership of the European Union. This last update will be followed by a new series of briefings on the consequences of the Brexit vote.
    29.03.2016EU external agreements: EU and UK procedures
    This Commons Library briefing looks at the procedures and some of the problems linked to treaty negotiation and ratification in the EU and the Member States, with particular reference to the UK. The EU concludes many international agreements with third States or international organisations. How does the EU negotiate these agreements and how does the UK scrutinise and ratify them?
    09.12.2014Main Treaty amendments since the UK joined the EEC
    Many argue that the EU is a far cry from what the UK signed up to in 1973. This note looks at the major Treaty changes since the UK joined the EEC in 1973.
    10.11.2014The UK block opt-out in police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters: recent developments
    The UK Government would like to opt back into 35 measures in the area of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters adopted before the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, but will the other EU Member States agree unanimously on this? Will the Government manage to get approval for the draft regulations published on 6 November which complete the transposition of 11 of the 35 opt-back-ins?
    29.04.2014Democratic Legitimacy and the EU: reading list
    Is the European Union democratic? There is a vast amount of academic literature and a range of political views on the subject of the EU's democratic legitimacy and how it might be improved.
    15.07.2013In brief: the 2014 bloc opt-out and selective opt-back-ins
    This note, prepared for the parliamentary debate on 15 July 2013, looks briefly at the current situation regarding the UK's 2014 decision on justice and home affairs measures and lists the 35 measures the Government would like to opt back into.
    23.05.2013Voting Behaviour in the EU Council
    This Note looks at the voting behaviour of Member States in the EU Council when a Qualified Majority is required for the adoption of an EU measure, and at other factors which may influence the outcome of a QMV decision. It also considers the UK's voting record and possible future scenarios when the voting rules change and the Eurozone expands.
    26.02.2013European Union (Approvals) Bill [HL] 2012-13: Committee Stage Report
    The European Union (Approvals) Bill [HL] 2012-13 seeks to approve three EU draft decisions before the UK Government can approve their adoption in the EU Council.
    31.01.2013European Union (Approvals) Bill
    The European Union (Approvals) Bill (HC Bill 121) aims to approve two draft EU Council decisions and one draft decision of the European Council (the EU Heads of State and Government).
    11.12.2012Recent EU Treaty Amendments and UK Ratification
    This Note outlines the three Treaty amendments that have been adopted under amended Article 48 TEU since the Lisbon Treaty came into force and how these amendments have been ratified in the UK.

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    The page highlights the analysis and comment on Brexit: the next steps and presents an impartial view of the different arguments and opinions.

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    • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) 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.
    • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
    • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
    • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - 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.
    • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses