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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on the European Unionís external relations. 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
    11.11.2016Brexit reading list: legal and constitutional issues
    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.
    09.11.2016Brexit: some legal, constitutional and financial unknowns
    This Commons Library briefing looks at some of the basic 'unknowns' relating to Brexit. The unknowns cover areas such as a role for the UK Parliament and the devolved legislatures in the Brexit process, relations with the EU institutions, the economic impact on the UK, and changes to citizens' rights.
    28.09.2016Georgia 2016
    Georgia has signed its Association Agreement with the EU and Georgian leaders have described this as a historic chance to return to Georgia's natural European environment
    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.
    25.07.2016Brexit: how will it affect transport?
    This Commons Library briefing paper discusses some of the pertinent issues in the four main transport policy areas: aviation, railways, roads and road-based public transport, and maritime. It will be updated and expanded as more information is published and new issues emerge.
    30.06.2016Brexit: how does the Article 50 process work?
    This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the process of withdrawing from the EU under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. There could be a complex and difficult negotiation lasting two years or more, or the UK could leave without settling its exit terms or its future relationship with the EU.
    13.06.2016In brief: UK-EU economic relations
    This note sets out, in brief, some of the main indicators of the UK's economic relationship with the EU, including trade, investment, employment and the UK's contribution to the EU Budget.
    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.
    29.03.2016EU 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?

    Lords Library Notes

    DateDescription
    13.10.2016Leaving the European Union: Foreign and Security Policy Cooperation
    On 20 October 2016, the House of Lords will debate the implications of the EU referendum for foreign and security policy cooperation with European countries. Theresa May and members of her Cabinet have stated that they intend for the UK to continue to cooperate closely with EU partners on areas such as security, defence, law enforcement and counter-terrorism after leaving the EU, although it is not yet clear exactly what form such cooperation may take.
    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.
    10.09.2015Sustainable Development Goals: Parliamentary Perspectives
    UN member states are expected to agree a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) at a high level summit in New York from 25 to 27 September 2015. This Library Note provides information on issues relating to the SDGs which have attracted parliamentary attention over recent months including the number of goals; universal health coverage; climate change; and implementation and monitoring.
    01.12.2014The Role of Soft Power and Non-Military Options in Conflict Prevention
    On 5 December 2014, the House of Lords is scheduled to debate the following motion: 'that this House takes note of the role of soft power and non-military options in conflict prevention'.

    Select Committee Reports

    DateDescription
    20.03.2012EU: Sudan and South Sudan - follow-up report.
    European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
    14.06.2011EU and Sudan: on the brink of change.
    European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
    18.01.2011Future inter-parliamentary scrutiny of EU foreign, defence and security policy.
    European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
    09.03.2010Stars and dragons: the EU and China.
    European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]

    Early Day Motions

    DateDescription
    01.12.2009DRAFT EUROPEAN STATEMENT ON EAST JERUSALEM
    That this House supports the proposed statement by the Council of the European Union drafted by the Swedish Presidency calling for negotiations on a two-state solution leading to an ...
    21.10.2009EU-SYRIA EURO-MEDITERRANEAN ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT
    That this House notes media reports that the EU-Syria Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement is due to be signed on 26 October 2009; further notes that the Association Agreement can ...
    10.11.2008EU AND RUSSIA
    That this House agrees with the decision of the European Council meeting on 1st September 2008 to suspend negotiations with Russia on a new partnership and cooperation agreement following ...
    17.06.2008EU TRADE POLICY AND THE DEVELOPING WORLD
    That this House believes that trade is often better than aid for developing countries and is a powerful driver of growth, positive development, elimination of corruption and poverty ...
    02.06.2008UK POLICY ON RELATIONS WITH ZIMBABWE
    That this House condemns the attendance of Robert Mugabe at the United Nations conference on food security in Rome; notes that although there is a European Union travel ban upon him, ...

    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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