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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Latest Issue

The April 2019 issue covers the main Brexit news of the preceding month including the Prime Minister’s request for an extension to Article 50. We also have an update on the Scottish ‘Continuity Bill’; details of the launch of the Brexit Party and the latest news from the Interparliamentary Forum on Brexit.


Previous Issues

UK Government - Key Papers

Legal opinion on the Joint Instrument and Unilateral Declaration concerning the Withdrawal Agreement (12 Mar 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)

Publication of legal advice on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland (5 Dec 2018)

Command papers on Taking back control of our borders, money and laws while protecting our economy, security and Union; Assessment of the security partnership; Long-term economic analysis; Legal position on the Withdrawal Agreement

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)

How to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal (Aug 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

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

EU Withdrawal Act and Common Frameworks – Progress report 26 September – 25 December 2018  

Interparliamentary Forum on Brexit – latest statement: 26 April 2019

Interparliamentary Forum on Brexit – correspondence to David Lidington MP on intergovernmental and interparliamentary relations: 26 April 2019

Interparliamentary Forum on Brexit – correspondence to David Lidington MP on interparliamentary relations, 29 October 2018

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

Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) – latest communiqué: 7 February 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 3 May 2019.

Brexit Legislation

The UK Government is preparing a suite of legislation in preparation for EU exit. Links to the Bills/Acts are included where the Bill has been introduced to Parliament

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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