EU enlargement

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on European Union enlargement. 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
26.08.2016Brexit: impact across policy areas
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the current 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.
26.05.2016EU Referendum: analysis of the UK's new EU Settlement
This Commons Library briefing looks at the new Settlement for the United Kingdom within the European Union agreed at the European Council on 17-19 February 2016. The Settlement consists of seven texts: a Decision and a Statement of Heads of State or Government and five Declarations.
22.04.2016Examples of other referendums on the European Union
This Commons Library Note charts referendums held since 1972 on EU matters in candidate and Member States, and also in Switzerland on its relations with the EU, with brief details on turnout and results. It also outlines the positions of France and Austria on holding a referendum on EU enlargement, particularly with regard to a possible Turkish accession.
29.03.2016EEA migrants: access to social housing (England)
Part 1 of this House of Commons Library briefing paper gives a broad overview of the law governing the rights of European Economic Area (EEA) migrants to access social housing in England. Part 2 considers whether there is any evidence to suggest that EEA migrants are able to 'jump the queue' to access social housing more quickly than other applicants.
09.02.2016EU referendum: UK's EU reform negotiations and the Tusk package
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the Prime Minister's proposals for EU reform, which he set out in a letter to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, in November 2015, concerning four broad areas: economic governance, competitiveness, sovereignty and free movement. It also looks at Donald Tusk's package of draft texts to address UK concerns, their implications and prospects for agreement.
13.07.2015The 1974-75 UK Renegotiation of EEC Membership and Referendum
Why did the UK Government decide to renegotiate the UK's terms of EEC membership in 1974-75? What was the outcome of the negotiations and what did the Referendum Bill say? This briefing looks at the Labour Government's renegotiation and indicates where there are parallels with the present Government's renegotiation agenda.
17.06.2015Measures to limit migrants' access to benefits
Following an article by the Prime Minister's in the Financial Times on 27 November 2013 in which he said he shared concerns about the impact of lifting transitional restrictions on the right of Romanian and Bulgarian right to work in the UK from 1 January 2014, the Government has introduced a raft of measures 'to tighten up our EEA migration rules to ensure our welfare system is not taken advantage of.'
17.06.2015What UK benefits can people from abroad claim?
This note gives a broad overview of the rules on access to benefits and tax credits for people coming to the UK from abroad. It describes the situation for asylum seekers, nationals from European Economic Area (EEA) countries, and non-EEA nationals.
20.03.2015Further proposals to restrict migrants' access to benefits
In his keynote speech on immigration on 28 November 2014, the Prime Minister set out plans to secure agreement on changes to European law on free movement of persons in order to allow the UK to, among other things, deny EEA migrants in-work benefits for four years and prevent Child Benefit being paid for children living abroad. Proposals to further restrict EEA migrants' access to benefits have also been put forward by Labour and by the Liberal Democrats.
15.12.2014The UK in the European Union: in brief
What has happended in the European Economic Community since the UK joined in 1973?

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
12.05.2016Queen's Speech 2016 Day 2: Foreign and European Affairs, International Development and Defence
The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen's Speech over four days between 19 and 25 May 2016. This briefing is one of four prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.
12.12.2012Debate on 17 December: European Union (Croatian Accession and Irish Protocol) Bill (HL Bill 59) and European Union (Approvals) Bill [HL] (HL Bill 57)
This Library Note provides background information in advance of the second readings in the House of Lords of the European Union (Croatian Accession and Irish Protocol) Bill and the European Union (Approvals) Bill.
07.01.2011Debate on 13 January: Economic and Strategic Role of Turkey
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate on the economic and strategic role of Turkey in Europe and the Middle East.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
11.10.2011Implications for the Justice and Home Affairs area of accession of Turkey to the European Union.
Government response. Home Office report [Commons]
18.07.2011Implications for the Justice and Home Affairs area of accession of Turkey to the European Union.
Home Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
11.07.2011POLISH PRESIDENCY OF THE EU
That this House welcomes the new Polish Presidency of theEU which came into effect on 1 July 2011; hopes that the Polish Presidency will continue the excellent work of the previous ...
29.10.2008KILLING OF JOURNALISTS IN CROATIA
That this House expresses its concern about the killing in Zagreb of journalists Ivo Pukanic and Niko Franjic of the Nacional newspaper, a paper dedicated to uncovering corruption and ...
16.07.2008UKRAINE'S APPLICATION TO JOIN THE EU
That this House welcomes the development of democracy in Ukraine; acknowledges the commitment of all the major Ukrainian political parties to the goal of European Union membership; ...

Feature publication

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

Glossary

  • 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
 

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