‘Global Britain’ has become a rallying cry for those who want to see the UK stride confidently into a post-Brexit future. Opponents of Brexit have argued that this perspective ignores the damage being done to the UK’s national interests by leaving the European Union.
MPs will debate e-petition 266638 relating to deforestation in the Amazon on 7 October in Westminster Hall. This House of Commons Library debate pack provides some background information and press and parliamentary coverage of the issue.
The UK is party to hundreds of international treaties with third states or organisations, many of them on trade, by virtue of its EU membership. To continue to benefit from the advantages of these agreements, the Government has been seeking to replace them in a UK bilateral context. The Government has prioritised trade agreements, but has also agreed replacement agreements covering aviation services and safety, and road transport, for example. But Parliament is not happy about the way the Government is carrying out this 'treaty continuity programme' and Committees in both Houses have called for a greater scrutiny role for Parliament in treaty-making processes. This paper looks at what has been going on and what Parliamentary Committees in both Houses have asked for. It includes a table showing where we are with scrutiny of these treaties and what sort of scrutiny they have undergone, both in their precursor form as EU treaties and currently as replacement treaties.
A Backbench Business debate on the ‘Bishop of Truro's Review on Persecution of Christians Overseas’ has been scheduled for Thursday 18 July 2019 in the Main Chamber. The debate has been nominated by the Backbench Business Committee after a representation from Chris Philp MP, Fiona Bruce MP, Jim Shannon MP and David Linden MP.
A general debate on ‘Human Rights in Saudi Arabia and the detention of opponents of the regime’ has been scheduled for Thursday 18 July 2019 in Westminster Hall at 1.30pm. The debate has been nominated by the Backbench Business Committee after a representation from Mr Alistair Carmichael MP
A Westminster Hall debate on the ‘Polish contribution to the UK war effort in World War Two’ has been scheduled for Tuesday 2 July 2019 from 2.30pm to 4.00pm. The debate has been initiated by Daniel Kawczynski MP
A Westminster Hall debate on ‘Fair treatment for Commonwealth personnel in the armed forces’ has been scheduled for Wednesday 8 May 2019 from 2.30pm to 4.00pm. The debate has been initiated by Mr Paul Sweeney MP.