Northern Ireland, Citizenship and the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement

The definition of ‘EEA citizen’ in the rules for the Home Office’s settled status scheme has recently changed. What are the consequences? How do these changes affect the people of Northern Ireland? Why are some people unhappy with these changes? What does British nationality law say about people born in Northern Ireland? How do these nationality laws interact with the birthright provision of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement? What does the European Convention on Human Rights say about identity and immigration? What do the people of Northern Ireland say when they are asked about their nationality? This paper looks at the complex issues behind all these questions.…

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No-deal Brexit: A guide to Commons Library research

The No-deal Brexit: A guide to Commons Library research is an annotated bibliography of sources published by the House of Commons Library on a potential no-deal Brexit. It will be updated regularly. Links to the papers included in the resource are available on this page, the downloadable version includes additional comment on some of the selected papers.…

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Suicide Prevention: Policy and Strategy

This House of Commons Library briefing paper examines suicide prevention policies and strategies throughout the UK. It outlines national and local approaches to prevention policy in England, as well as Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It does so by considering the strategies of the UK Government, as well as the devolved administrations, from various policy perspectives.…

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Breathing space for individuals in problem debt

The Treasury has confirmed that before the end of the year the government will lay before Parliament new regulations to implement a statutory breathing space in early 2021. A statutory debt repayment plan will be developed to a longer timetable. Both interventions are intended to complement the government’s wider work to support consumers who take on problem debt. This Commons briefing paper considers the scheme in detail.…

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Brexit: parliamentary scrutiny of UK replacement treaties

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.…

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Commons Library analysis: Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill 2017-19

This Commons Library briefing paper deals with the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill 2017-19 which would remove the legal requirement to make allegations about spousal conduct or to have lived separately for up to five years in order to divorce or dissolve a civil partnership. A separate Commons Library briefing paper deals with the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill[HL] 2019-21 (CBP 8697)…

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