An Opposition half-day debate on Migration and Scotland, in the name of Ian Blackford MP, has been scheduled to be held in the Chamber on Tuesday 11 February. …Read more
This paper is a record of Brexit-related business in the devolved legislatures. It is updated every Monday when the legislatures are in session.
Devolution in Northern Ireland, 1998-2020…Read more
This paper provides a timeline of the major events leading up to the EU referendum and subsequent dates of note, looking ahead to expected events as the UK and EU negotiate the UK’s exit. …Read more
The Northern Ireland Office has published the text of a deal to restore devolved government in Northern Ireland. What are its proposals to reform the Assembly and Executive? …Read more
The law in Northern Ireland is due to change very shortly to enable same sex couples to marry and opposite sex couples to form a civil partnership. This briefing paper deals with the marriage of same sex couples in Northern Ireland. …Read more
A briefing on the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20, published in December 2019, and a comparison with the previous version of the Bill considered by the House of Commons in October 2019.…Read more
This briefing looks at how the Barnett formula works and includes a brief summary of the debate surrounding the formula.…Read more
A Briefing Paper on Direct Rule in Northern Ireland…Read more
Many challenges and tensions concerning the devolved institutions of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland remain unresolved…Read more
A Briefing Paper on Section 30 Orders…Read more
A Bill Briefing on the Northern Ireland Budget Bill 2019-20…Read more
What does the Withdrawal Agreement Bill say about what will happen to Northern Ireland post-Brexit? How will it translate into UK law the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland in the Withdrawal Agreement that replaced the ‘backstop’? …Read more
The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (WAB) has implications for the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Assembly. This Insight explains the impacts of the WAB on devolution. …Read more
Boris Johnson’s Government have negotiated a new ‘deal’ with the European Union. It is formed of a Political Declaration and a Withdrawal Agreement. This paper focuses on the Withdrawal Agreement and how it compares to the one negotiated by Theresa May’s Government in November 2018.
The main differences are in the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland or the ‘backstop’ as it is commonly known. It contains very different arrangements, the UK will no longer be in a single customs territory or union with the EU. The UK will no longer be legally bound to continue with level playing field commitments at the end of the transition period.
Northern Ireland will still be in the UK’s customs territory and VAT area, however, the region will align with the EU’s rules in these areas. Northern Ireland will remain mostly aligned to the EU’s regulations for goods. Four years after the end of the transition period Northern Ireland’s democratic institutions will vote on whether they wish to continue the arrangements in the Protocol.…Read more
The No-deal Brexit: A guide to Commons Library research is an annotated bibliography of sources published by the House of Commons Library on a potential no-deal Brexit. It will be updated regularly. Links to the papers included in the resource are available on this page, the downloadable version includes additional comment on some of the selected papers.…Read more