The Political Declaration on the Framework for Future EU-UK Relations

This paper looks at the Political Declaration on the Framework for the Future Relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom, which was agreed by EU leaders on 25 November. …

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Future of the UK oil and gas industry

A debate will be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 9 October 2018 at 11.30am on the future of the UK oil and gas industry. The debate will be opened by John McNally MP. This paper provides a brief overview of the industry and relevant issues, recent parliamentary comment and other press releases and articles.…

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Brexit Unknowns (update)

What do we still not know about the Brexit process or the withdrawal agreement with the EU that is currently being negotiated? This paper looks at some of the main unknowns.…

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Public procurement and contracts

Procurement accounts for about a third of public spending in the UK. This briefing looks at the legislation and guidance that governs procurement, and government policy in this area. It also looks at problems with procurement and contracts, and offers some pointers on how to find out more about particular contracts. …

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Public Bodies

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 provides Ministers with the power to establish new public authorities to carry out functions currently undertaken by EU-wide bodies. This could result in a range of new regulatory bodies. The classification of public bodies in the United Kingdom in the recent past has been the subject of reform policies set out by central Government, with a focus on reduction of overall numbers and guidance on the justification for the creation of new bodies. Both trends are considered in this briefing. …

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Public ownership of industries and services

Utilities, industries and services can be owned by the public or the private sector. Various models have existed in the UK, including full nationalisation, privatisation with regulation and municipalisation. …

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Brexit: new guidelines on the framework for future EU-UK relations

Brexit negotiations have resumed and this third phase will cover issues outstanding from the last phases – the Irish border in particular – and the framework for future EU-UK relations. This paper looks at how the EU and the UK envisage their relationship after Brexit.…

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Brexit: the draft withdrawal agreement

The Commission published a draft legal text of the withdrawal agreement in February 2018 and an updated draft on 15 March. On 19 March a third text was published which showed where there is full agreement between the EU and the UK, where there is agreement in principle and where there is no agreement. This paper looks at the recent draft, making reference to earlier drafts where relevant.…

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Future of the rural economy in Wales

MPs will debate the Future of the rural economy in Wales, led by Ben Lake, on Tuesday 28 November at 4.30pm, in Westminster Hall. This House of Commons Library briefing provides a summary of the issues, statistics and background information for the debate.…

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