Brexit: the July negotiations

What happened at the second round of Brexit negotiations from 17 to 20 July 2017 and what have we learnt? This first phase of the negotiations aims to reach agreement on citizens’ rights, the financial settlement and the border between Ireland the Northern Ireland, as well as other separation issues, such as Euratom, EU external agreements and dispute resolution. But there was little evidence of agreement on any of these, and the UK Government has been asked for more clarification at the next round. A lot is at stake, because if sufficient progress isn’t made by October, the negotiations will not move on to future relations, an EU-UK trade agreement or transitional arrangements.…

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Brexit Negotiations: The Irish border question

The border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and how it will operate, is one of the three main areas of discussion in the first phase of Brexit negotiations .

This paper sets out the different UK and EU negotiating positions as well as how they both pledge to honour the Good Friday Agreement, and what this pledge commits both sides to.

It looks at how the Northern Irish devolved government is inputting into the talks, and how the confidence and supply deal between the Conservative party and the DUP might impact on the negotiations.

This paper explores how people will move between the two countries, and how the Common Travel Area might be maintained.

It also looks at the complexities of avoiding a ‘hard border’, the stated position of both the EU and the UK, while still adhering to EU rules on moving goods between itself and countries outside the Single Market and Customs Union.…

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Brexit: the talks begin

The Brexit negotiations: what, when and how? This paper looks at the agenda and timetable for the first phase of talks, who is involved on the EU and UK sides, what they will be discussing and what positions – if any – they have taken so far.…

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Migrant workers in agriculture

The UK agriculture and horticulture sectors have long relied on migrant labour. This reliance has increased in recent years due to the seasonal nature of demand and falling unemployment in the UK.
This briefing therefore examines current concerns within the industry about a labour shortage and further concerns about the impact of Brexit might have on labour supply. One solution but forward by some has been the return of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers scheme (or something very like it), and the briefing provides a background on this.
The Seasonal Agricultural Workers scheme is the subject of a Westminster Hall debate on 6 July 2017. The debate is sponsored by Neil Parish, who was chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee in the last Parliament. The Committee produced a report Feeding the nation: labour constraints in April 2017…

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Key Issues 2017

Key Issues 2017 is a series of short briefings on the topics that will take centre stage in UK and international politics in the new Parliament. Written by impartial Commons Library specialists, these articles are designed to help the reader get up to speed quickly on issues such as; Brexit, the housing crisis, the future of devolution and much more.

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The UK response to the Syrian refugee crisis

This updated Commons Library briefing looks at the Government’s work to resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees in the UK by 2020, under its Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme. It has also committed itself to resettling up to 3,000 vulnerable children currently in the Middle East and North Africa, and 480 unaccompanied children already in Europe (including Syrian nationals).…

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European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: analysis of Lords’ amendments

This Commons Library briefing analyses the Lords’ new clauses on EU/EEA citizens in the UK and on a ‘meaningful vote’ at the end of the negotiations, for the Bill’s return to the Commons.…

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