The House of Commons Library is celebrating as this year marks 200 hundred years since its first librarian was appointed. You can find out more about the library’s history here or watch the video at the end of this blog.
One aspect of the library’s work, relevant to anyone starting to research a contemporary topic, is the production of impartial research briefings on a wide range of current issues. While these are intended to help members of Parliament by providing them with good quality impartial background information, they are extremely useful to anyone starting to research a current issue. They can be searched by date or topic.
Some recent briefings which may be of interest include:
An event, entitled Brexit: Scotland, the UK and EU27: Key Issues, organised by the Scottish Centre on European Relations takes place in Aberdeen at the Central Library on May 23rd. Organised with the support of the European Commission in Scotland the panel will consider how, with less than a year to go, the Brexit talks are developing and the implications this has for Scotland. There will be time for questions and answers.
The Speakers are:
Prof Claire Wallace, University of Aberdeen
Liam Smyth, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce
Dr Craig McAngus, University of the West of Scotland
and the Chair is:
Dr Kirsty Hughes, Scottish Centre on European Relations
The event, which starts at 6.00pm on May23rd is free but you need to register in advance.
The Centre on Constitutional Change, which is based at the University of Edinburgh and includes academics from the Universities of Aberdeen, Cambridge, Cardiff, Stirling, and University College Cork, has issued an invitation to the launch of a new book Squaring the Circle. Could the Norway Model Work? The launch event takes place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 31st May. Booking details for this free event are available here.
“As the UK Government and opposition parties struggle to define their vision of Brexit, attention has turned back to the European Economic Area or ‘Norway model’, which allows access to the European Single Market without membership of the European Union.
Professor John Erik Fossum (University of Oslo) will present the findings of his new book with Hans Petter Graver: Squaring the Circle. Could the Norway Model Work?
The book provides an overview of the Norway model, an assessment of the likelihood that the UK will adopt (parts of or all of) this model. It draws some lessons for the UK, and some reflections on the possible effects on Norway.
There will be a response by Dame Mariot Leslie (former UK Ambassador to Norway)”
The Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland from the European Union and Euratom is available in a coloured coded version, highlighting both where progress has been made and areas still to be agreed.
If you are following the withdrawl process you can find other relevant documents here.
Publications from the UK Department for Exiting the European Union are available here.
The Scottish Centre on European Relations, an independent and unaligned EU think tank, is holding this event in Dundee on Tuesday, the 27th of March. Further information, including how to register for this evening panel discussion, is available here.
Scotland has an ageing population and a low birth rate. With this in mind the Scottish Government looks to attract (and retain) people from the rest of the UK and abroad to come and live in Scotland to help sustain and grow the economy.
A post on the SPice blog, Spotlight, discusses a SPICe and University of Glasgow research project ‘Attracting and retaining migrants in post-Brexit Scotland: is a social integration strategy the answer?’
“Developing strategies for attracting and retaining migrants – along with creating an overall positive atmosphere around migration – may be of crucial importance to Scotland’s future”
The study will be based on focus group discussions on:
Is a strategy needed?
Is it practicable?
Would it improve the lives of those who have come to live here?
Would it attract other migrants to come to Scotland?
Where does the local population stand on this?
A report will be available at the end of June 2018.
You can read the full post on this, as well as other Brexit related topics, on the SPICe blog here.
Professor Paul Beaumont gave evidence on aspects of Private International Law with regards to Brexit at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee on 29th January 2018. The Committee was taking evidence on “Brexit and family law” and “Brexit and civil, commercial and consumer law.
The EU Bookshop is an online bookshop, library and archive of publications from the EU institutions and agencies going back to 1952 and includes work produced jointly with partner institutions. Most publications can be downloaded in pdf format free of charge.
Aberdeen University users can also find EU Bookshop material using the ‘All Collections’ tab in Primo. Any EU Bookshop items that appear in your search results can be accessed by clicking the title, which will take you straight through to the Bookshop itself, where you can download a pdf of your document.
Earlier this month the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee stated it could not recommend legislative consent to the UK Government’s European Union Withdrawal Bill in its present form. The Committee believes clause 11 of the Bill is incompatible with the devolution settlement. Their interim report is available here. A final report will be produced on the Bill prior to the final amending stage in the House of Lords.
The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), which provides impartial, factual, information and analysis to Members of the Scottish Parliament, has produced a briefing paper explaining what legislative consent is and its legal and political status.
What will the economic impact of the UK leaving the European Union be to Scotland? A new analytic paper, produced by the Scottish Government, looks at the impact on trade, productivity and migration of different types of future relationships and concludes that Scotland’s best interests are served by continued membership of the European Single Market. The full report entitled Scotland’s Place in Europe: People, Jobs and Investment is available here.