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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on Europe. 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
    09.11.2016Applying to the European Court of Human Rights
    Members of Parliament are often asked how constituents can take a case to the European Court of Human Rights. This Commons Library briefing summarises the main features of the process, and emphasises recent changes to it.
    08.09.2016Brexit: trade aspects
    This note looks at possible options for the UK's trading relationship with the EU, post-Brexit.
    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.
    28.07.2016Brexit: some legal and constitutional issues and alternatives to EU membership
    This paper considers how the UK will leave the EU, some legal and constitutional issues, and possible alternatives to EU membership. What is the process for leaving the EU? Will the UK join a different grouping of states or go it alone? Will EU or UK citizens or businesses have any vested rights?
    05.07.2016Russian foreign and security policy
    How is Russian foreign policy made, and what are the motive forces behind it? How does that play out around the world and in Russian relations with the West?
    30.06.2016Brexit: what happens next?
    Now that the UK has voted to leave the EU, what will happen next? This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the immediate consequences of the vote and some of the longer term implications. This paper considers various questions about UK withdrawal from the EU and what is likely to happen in the coming weeks and months. The issues include the method of leaving the EU, continuing parliamentary scrutiny of EU business and the withdrawal negotiations, and the implications of Brexit for Scotland and Gibraltar.
    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.
    29.06.2016The French Nuclear Deterrent
    The French nuclear deterrent is the one that is most often compared to the UK's nuclear forces. While there are similarities in terms of policy, posture and size, there are also significant differences in terms of industrial support and cost. All of the major political parties in France also support an independent nuclear deterrent, in contrast to the UK; while domestic support is also high. This paper examines the French nuclear deterrent in greater detail. It is also part of a wider Library briefing series on nuclear weapons.
    07.06.2016A new UK judge for the European Court of Human Rights
    Who will be the UK's new judge for the European Court of Human Rights? This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the two-stage process, the UK candidates, and recent criticisms and reforms.
    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.

    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.
    07.01.2014European Union (Referendum) Bill (HL Bill 63 of 2013-14)
    European Union (Referendum) Bill (HL Bill 63 of 2013-14)
    25.01.2013Debate on 31 January: Prime Minister's Speech on Europe
    This Library Note provides a short history of Prime Ministerial speeches on Europe since 1970; outlines Government policy towards Europe since 2010; summarises David Cameron's speech and selected reaction to it; and considers some aspects of the proposed renegotiation and referendum. It concludes with information about trends in public opinion towards Britain's membership of the EU.

    Select Committee Reports

    DateDescription
    21.01.2009Visit to Cyprus.
    Foreign Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]

    Early Day Motions

    DateDescription
    01.03.2011IRISH GENERAL ELECTION RESULT
    That this House notes the heavy defeat of the governing Fianna Fail party in the Irish General Election; further notes the loss of all the seats in the Dail of its junior partner, the ...
    22.11.2010CYPRUS AND ITS RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
    That this House expresses its deep concern about the removal of cultural artefacts together with both the misuse of and damage to sacred religious sites situated within the currently ...
    10.06.2010RECONSTRUCTION AND REGENERATION OF FAMAGUSTA-VAROSHA
    That this House recalls the continuous interest of hon. Members on all sides of the House in successive Parliaments in the neglect and dereliction of Varosha, the sealed-off section ...
    10.06.2010CYPRUS TALKS
    That this House calls on the Government to express full and clear support for the continuation of discussions between the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Demetris Christofias, ...
    12.01.2010ILLEGAL SONGBIRD MARKET IN CYPRUS
    That this House is concerned by the growing illegal practice of trapping and eating songbirds in Cyprus; notes that thousands of birds migrating in search of warmer climates face being ...

    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