Brexit Brief

Synopsis: This page is intended to be useful to those seeking information on the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

This content is intended as a helpful resource on Brexit but is not an exhaustive source of information. The inclusion of any content on this page should not be taken to imply approval or endorsement by the Northern Ireland Assembly.

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The October issue of the Brexit Brief includes an update on another month of intense government and parliamentary activity. In the update we include: developments leading up to and agreement of a revised Withdrawal Agreement and Ireland and Northern Ireland Protocol; information on the first Saturday sitting of the House of Commons since 1939; the letters the UK sent to the EU; the ‘Flextension’ agreed by the EU; and response to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill from the Scottish and Welsh governments.


Previous Issues

UK Government - Key Papers

No-Deal Readiness Report (8 Oct 2019) 

PM statement on new Brexit deal (22 May 2019) 

Statement by the Prime Minister that agreement has been reached (11 Mar 2019) 

Agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU (11 Mar 2019) 

Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the EU and the UK (11 Mar 2019) 

Joint statement supplementing the Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the EU and UK (11 Mar 2019) 

Unilateral declaration concerning the Northern Ireland Protocol (11 Mar 2019)

Instrument relating to the agreement on the Withdrawal of the UK (11 Mar 2019) 

UK Government commitments to Northern Ireland and its integral place in the United Kingdom (9 Jan 2019) 

Mapping exercise of areas of current North-South co-operation (7 Dec 2018)

Statement that political agreement has been reached; Withdrawal Agreement; and Political Declaration on the framework for the future relationship as laid before Parliament (26 Nov 2018)

Withdrawal Agreement explainer and Technical Explanatory note on the Northern Ireland Protocol (14 Nov 2018)

Future relationship between the UK and the EU (July 2018)

Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU (July 2018)

Funding from EU programmes guaranteed until the end of 2020 (July 2018)

Joint statement on Withdrawal Agreement (June 2018)

Draft Withdrawal Agreement (March 2018)

Joint report on progress during phase 1 of negotiations (Dec 2017)

Brexit and Devolution

Common Frameworks update - July 2019

Revised Framework Analysis – Breakdown of areas of EU law that intersect with devolved competence in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (Apr 2019) 

Framework Analysis – Breakdown of areas of EU law that intersect with devolved competence in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (March 2018)

EU Withdrawal Act and Common Frameworks – Progress report 26 March 2019 - 25 June 2019

Interparliamentary Forum on Brexit – latest statement: 5 September 2019

Ministerial Forum (EU Negotiations) – latest communiqué: 25 February 2019

Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) – latest communiqué: 10 October 2019     

UK - EU Negotiations

UK Government information on EU exit including the article 50 process, negotiations, and announcements about policy changes as a result of EU Exit

European Commission information on the work of the Taskforce on Article 50 negotiations

Brexit Inquiry Tracker

This list includes details of a range of Brexit related parliamentary inquiries and links to the relevant committee information. 

The list was last updated on 8 October 2019.

Brexit Legislation

The UK Government prepared a suite of legislation in preparation for EU exit.

Acts already made

Legislation which had been introduced but fell with prorogation (and must be re-introduced into a new Parliament)

Not yet introduced

Brexit Secondary Legislation Tracker

Information on secondary legislation (statutory instruments or 'SIs'), stemming from the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, which correct Northern Ireland law to make it work appropriately after the UK has left the European Union or enables the withdrawal agreement to be implemented.

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Brexit Hub

Research and Information Services (RaISe) has complied information and useful links on the subject of Brexit and Northern Ireland.  

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This page and the newsletter material is prepared by Shauna Mageean, EU Affairs Manager. 

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