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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on international economic 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

11.11.2016GDP - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
GDP International Comparisons: data and forecasts for the UK and the world's largest economies.
09.11.2016CETA: the EU-Canada free trade agreement
This note provides details about CETA, the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Partnership. This is a free trade agreement between the EU and Canada.
12.10.2016Unemployment - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Unemployment: International Comparisons: Data on harmonised unemployment rates for major international economies.
19.09.2016The Philippines: September 2016 update
President Rodrigo Duterte took office at the end of June 2016 pledging to take a tough approach to criminals. Since then, over 3,000 people have been killed in his controversial 'war on drugs', about two-thirds at the hands of vigilantes. There have been protests both at home and abroad. Duterte is also pushing ahead with peace efforts in the south, where there has been a long-running insurgency, but observers worry that the new president could prove to be a 'loose cannon'.
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?
12.07.2016The South China Sea dispute: July 2016 update
Southeast Asia is home to a range of complex territorial disputes, but the most intractable and combustible is the South China Sea dispute. Tensions between the rival countries have been on the rise in recent years. An Arbitral Tribunal constituted under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea has ruled in favour of the Philippines in a case brought by that country against China.
20.06.2016The 0.7% aid target
The UK Government has met the 0.7% aid target since 2013. Since 2015, the target has been legally binding. The UK Government says that meeting the target is in the national interest. However, in recent months, opponents of the target -- and of foreign aid spending more broadly -- have waged a campaign against it.
20.06.2016Burma: June 2016 update
Burma has a new government, with Aung San Suu Kyi, who embodies the country's long struggle for democracy and human rights, effectively at its head. Is this the new dawn that so many have been hoping for? It is certainly a time for optimism -- but many huge challenges remain.

Lords Library Notes

10.11.2016Strength of the Pound Sterling: Economy and Investment
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate that is scheduled to take place in the House on 17 November 2016 on the impact of the level of sterling on the economy and investment.
20.10.2016Leaving the European Union: Global Free Trade
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information further to the debate on the UK's departure from the EU and the opportunities for the UK to be an outward looking champion of global free trade.
05.08.2016UK-Commonwealth Trade
This House of Lords Library briefing examines the trade relationship between the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries. It provides a brief overview of UK trade, including information on its largest export market and largest source of imports. It then discusses Commonwealth trade, focussing on intra-Commonwealth trade. Finally it examines UK-Commonwealth trade relations and summarises a range of recent statements and commentary pertaining to the future of those trade relationships in the context of the European Union referendum result.
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.
31.10.2013Debate on 7 November: Relationship between the UK and China
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate on recent developments in the relationship between the UK and China.
07.06.2013Debate on 13 June: Government's Priorities at the G8
This Library Note provides background information about the Prime Minister's stated priorities for the G8 meeting to be held in Northern Ireland on 17-18 June: advancing trade, improving tax compliance and promoting greater transparency.

Early Day Motions

That this House believes that carbon trading can play an important role in combating climate change, but that confidence in such an approach can only be maintained if such markets are ...
That this House is concerned that instead of helping the UK's old ally and friend Iceland in its financial crisis, and taking concerted measures with the Icelandic government to help ...
That this House notes the recent Labour Friends of Iraq delegation to Baghdad as guests of the Islamic Dawa Party to meet the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, his advisers, the ...
That this House welcomes the recognition by Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, who recently visited Cuba, that European Union sanctions against ...


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  • 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