The Government has selected its preferred bidder to build the Royal Navy's new frigates. This Commons Library update examines progress on the shipbuilding strategy and the main surface ship programmes: frigates, support ships and offshore patrol vessels.
A Westminster Hall debate on the 'Combat Air Strategy progress and next steps’ has been scheduled for Thursday 27 June 2019, from 1:30-4:30pm. This Backbench Business debate will be led by Robert Courts MP.
What could happen if the EU and UK negotiators don't agree a withdrawal agreement in time and the UK has to leave the EU on 29 March 2019 without one - and with no framework for future relations either? This paper looks at how such a situation might come about, the constitutional implications for the UK and in some cases for the devolved administrations, and what the impact might be in a range of policy areas.
In January 2017 newly inaugurated US President, Donald Trump, signed an Executive Order which, among other things, called for a review of US nuclear policy, strategy, capabilities and force posture. That Nuclear Posture Review was published in February 2018. As widely expected, deterrence and not disarmament was the overriding message of the Trump review, and a marked departure from key nuclear policies under the Obama administration that sought to lower the reliance on nuclear weapons and embrace non-proliferation and disarmament.