A briefing paper on the legal issues surrounding a Scottish independence referendum
The Government published its long-awaited Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy: Global Britain in a Competitive Age on 16 March 2021. That document was followed by a Defence Command Paper, Defence in a Competitive Age, on 22 March 2021.
The Integrated Review lays out the Government’s vision for the UK to 2030. It provides a strategic threat assessment and identifies the UK’s foreign policy priorities for the next decade. The Defence Command Paper focuses on the defence aspects and outlines plans to modernise the armed forces.
The House of Commons Library has written several briefings which examine the main outcomes. Further Library analysis will follow:
Integrated Review 2021: Summary, House of Commons Library, 17 March 2021
Integrated Review 2021: Increasing the cap on the UK’s nuclear stockpile, House of Commons Library, 19 March 2021
Defence Command Paper 2021: Summary, House of Commons Library, 23 March 2021
UK Army to be reduced to 72,500, House of Commons Library Insight, 23 March 2021
Global Britain and the Integrated Review in Parliament, House of Commons Library, 24 March 2021
Integrated Review 2021: emerging defence technologies, House of Commons Library, 25 March 2021
Defence Command Paper: equipment cuts, House of Commons Library, 30 March 2021
Integrated Review: International Development, House of Commons Library, 28 April 2021
Integrated Review: The defence tilt to the Indo-Pacific, House of Commons Library, 11 May 2021
As British and coalition forces withdraw from Afghanistan there are increasing fears for the safety of thousands of former locally employed Afghan civilians who assisted them. This briefing examines the Government's policies for resettlement of locally employed civilians in the UK.
Covid-19 status certification has been proposed as a means of reducing the risk of transmitting the Covid-19 virus in a number of settings. This briefing explores the Government's policy on certification. It also provides discussion on the scientific evidence and other issues associated with the use of certification.