Defence, Diplomacy, and Development: Building a Safer, Fairer and Cleaner World

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 30 January 2020 on the motion moved by Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale (Labour) that “this House takes note of the role played by defence, diplomacy and development policy in building a safer, fairer and cleaner world”.…

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Queen’s Speech: Debate in the House of Lords Day 1

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been published ahead of day 1 of the Lords debate on the December 2019 Queen’s Speech, covering the following subjects: foreign affairs, defence, international development, trade, climate change and the environment.…

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Queen’s Speech: Debate in the House of Lords Days 1 and 2

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been published ahead of days 1 and 2 of the Lords debate on the Queen’s Speech, covering the following subjects: exiting the European Union, trade, foreign affairs and defence.…

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Human Rights and Trade Deals

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place on 3 October 2019. Lord Harries of Pentregarth (Crossbench) is to move that “this House takes note of the case for ensuring that human rights are respected in any future trade deals with other countries”.…

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International Relations Committee Report: UK Foreign Policy in a Shifting World Order

This House of Lords Library Briefing Pack contains a selection of material which may be of assistance in preparing for the forthcoming debate in the House of Lords on the report from the International Relations Committee on UK Foreign Policy in a Shifting World Order.…

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Withdrawal Agreement: Section 13(1)(c) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018

Section 13 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 sets out specific requirements that must be met before the UK can ratify the withdrawal agreement.

This briefing outlines the requirements of section 13 and identifies relevant reports and useful documents, including recent parliamentary materials and press articles, which may be of assistance to Members in preparing for the following motions that are expected to be debated together:

The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park) to move that this House, for the purposes of section 13(1)(c) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, takes note of the negotiated withdrawal agreement laid before the House on Monday 26 November 2018 with the title ‘Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community’ and the framework for the future relationship laid before the House on Monday 26 November 2018 with the title ‘Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom’.

Baroness Smith of Basildon (Labour) to move that this House, while noting that it is for the House of Commons to determine the matter, considers that a no deal outcome to negotiations under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union must be emphatically rejected, and regrets that Her Majesty’s Government have negotiated a withdrawal agreement and political declaration that would do grave damage to the future economic prosperity, internal security and global influence of the United Kingdom.

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