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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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January 2020

Amidst the talk of Brexit coins, Oxford commas and Big Ben bongs, this month’s bumper Brexit Brief has news of various meetings between the key Brexit players in EU and UK.  We have updates on EU exit related legislation including the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 which implements the EU-UK deal into law; news on the first meeting of the Ministerial Forum on International Trade; and details of meetings between the UK Government and the devolved administrations to discuss issues surrounding exit from the EU.  We also have the details of the approval of the Withdrawal Agreement which paved the way for exit day on 31 January 2020.

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Previous Issues

UK Government - Key Papers

Statement by the Prime Minister on new Brexit deal (19 October 2019) 

Explainer for the new Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol and the Political Declaration on the future relationship (18 October 2019) 

New withdrawal agreement (17 October 2019) 

New Political Declaration (17 October 2019) 

Declaration on consent in Northern Ireland (17 October 2019) 

No-Deal Readiness Report (8 Oct 2019) 

UK proposals for a new Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland (2 October 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)

Funding from EU programmes guaranteed until the end of 2020 (July 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 September 2019 to 25 December 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: 9 January 2020

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 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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