Newly published official publications from :
Westminster and the UK Government
Brexit: the exit bill – “The financial settlement – often labeled the ‘exit bill’ or ‘divorce bill’ – sets out how the UK and EU will settle their outstanding financial commitments to each other.”
Gambling advertising: regulation in Great Britain – “This Library briefing paper looks at gambling advertising in Great Britain.”
5G – “A House of Commons Library Briefing on 5G – the fifth generation of mobile technology. Included is an explanation of 5G and its expected uses; policy challenges associated with 5G and information about the roll-out of 5G in the UK including forthcoming spectrum auctions.”
The European Union
Awareness and perceptions of EU customs – “This new Eurobarometer survey sheds light on the priority areas for EU citizens when it comes to the activities of customs authorities in the EU. According to the survey, customs should primarily focus on security threat protection and fighting against smuggling and fraud, while EU citizens also expect customs to enforce rules on animals, plants and public health or on product safety. The new results show that citizens know more about specific aspects of the Customs Union than three years ago, although some misconceptions remain.”
Venezuela [What Think Tanks are Thinking] – “The situation in Venezuela appears to be approaching a tipping-point, as President Nicolas Maduro faces growing international and domestic pressure to relinquish power to National Assembly leader and self-proclaimed acting President Juan Guaidó. The latter is recognised by many Western countries as the legitimate interim leader of the oil-rich Latin American country, which has seen its economy undermined by mismanagement and corruption. Maduro, political heir to Hugo Chávez, is backed by China, Russia and the country’s military. He has recently ordered troops to block the opposition’s US-backed attempt to bring in aid to the country, leading to violent clashes. To date, some 3.4 million Venezuelans have left the country to escape the crisis. The European Parliament has already adopted a non-binding resolution that recognised Juan Guaidó as the legitimate interim President of Venezuela. This note offers links to recent commentaries, studies and reports from major international think tanks on the situation in Venezuela .”
The future of the European space sector – “The executive summary provides a short overview of the European space economy and its funding landscape and summarises the findings and recommendations of the study. The study reviews access-to-finance conditions met by companies active in the European space sector and proposes potential solutions to improve them. One of the principal objectives of this study is to analyse how public funds in the EU could be deployed to attract private investment and otherwise catalyse the development of the sector, considering also that such public funding should be entitled to achieve adequate returns. The study further explores how soft measures and advisory services could help promote private investment in the sector. Space is an important driver of innovation in Europe. While space used to be synonymous with government spending, today the sector sees the emergence of new private actors who see commercial opportunities in space exploration and exploitation. The study presents a number of recommendations and potential policy actions. One particular recommendation is to establish a Space Finance Forum: by bringing together the expertise of financial, industrial and academic stakeholders, we believe we will be able to explore and pilot new funding mechanisms and thereby catalyse private investment in the sector. The study was carried out by InnovFin Advisory in collaboration with the European Investment Advisory Hub, with the support of SpaceTec Partners.“
The Scottish Parliament and Government
No Deal Brexit – Economic Implications for Scotland – “This paper provides an illustration of the potential impact that a No Deal Brexit – leaving the EU on the 29th March 2019 without a transition period or agreement on any future trade deal and wider economic relationship – could have on the Scottish economy over the next 12-24 months.
It concludes that a No Deal Brexit represents a major economic risk to Scotland. There is considerable uncertainty about the duration, composition and scale of the shock that a No Deal outcome would trigger. However, it has the potential to generate a major dislocation to the Scottish economy. This would occur through a number of channels – disruptions to logistics, supply, trade, investment, migration and market confidence.
Whilst the scale of the shock is uncertain, it has the potential to push the Scottish economy into recession, with a corresponding increase in unemployment. If prolonged, the shock could lead to significant structural change in the economy.
Any shock is likely to have disproportionate sectoral, as well as, regional impacts. Sectors with high levels of exports to the EU, who are reliant on EU workers and free movement of labour, are part of integrated EU supply chains and/or are subject to EU regulatory and licencing requirements are likely to see the greatest impact. Other sectors would be exposed in the event of a wider economic slowdown.
The agriculture, food and fishing sectors are among those who have a particularly high level of exposure under a No Deal Brexit. As employment in these sectors tends to be highest in more rural areas, such regions may be particularly exposed to Brexit.”
Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill – “The aim of the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) Scotland Bill is to help bring an end to the physical punishment of children by parents, and others caring for or in charge of children. Parents can currently use a defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ or ‘justifiable assault’ when charged with the assault of a child. Such a defence does not apply when the assault is against an adult. The Bill aims to provide equal protection from assault to children, as with adults. It also aims to drive behaviour change in Scotland so that parents use less harmful methods of disciplining their children.”
Housing and Social Security – “This briefing considers the impact of housing related welfare reforms on landlords and tenants in Scotland. It sets these in the context of wider welfare reforms taking place across the UK.”
Office for National Statistics
Exploring the UK’s digital divide – “The scale of digital exclusion in the UK; those who aren’t currently using the internet, how digital skills vary for different groups of the population and some of the barriers to digital inclusion.”
Analysis of people who have never done paid work – “Analysis of the number of people who have never done paid work by their current reason for not working, including breakdowns by age and gender.”
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