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Civil servants in Northern Ireland will have to face “capability and capacity” issues when examining new EU laws and assessing their consequences, MLAs have been told.
The Northern Ireland secretary was put in the hot seat on Monday when a BBC presenter asked him whether Brexit was “now actually done” after “eight years of uncertainty”.
It’s been four years since we formally left the EU - and its been eight years of trying to square an impossible circle. How do you keep Brexiteers happy, the EU on board and Northern Ireland’s government up and running, all at once?
The Expert Factor takes a deep dive into how Brexit is working out – and how it might work out in the months and years ahead.
The UK left the EU on January 31, 2020, and this began the complex process of de-coupling the UK regulatory regime from that of the EU. This has not been straightforward, particularly where goods move into and out of Northern Ireland (NI), where the EU rules continue to apply, from Great Britain (England, Wales, and Scotland (GB)), where they do not.
The year in Brexit 20/12/2023
The past 12 months have been littered with grandiose claims about the benefits of Brexit and the ability of the UK to demand what it wants from the EU. But the sad and inescapable conclusion is that none of those benefits exist and that the UK has been forced into a number of embarrassing retreats and compromises.
What is ‘trivergence’? As we head towards 2024, Joël Reland explains why the risk of Northern Ireland diverging from both EU and UK regulations could be the next big Brexit issue coming down the track.
UK has not reciprocated after EU banned import of pot plant soil, in which some species can travel undetected. / Invasive species are increasingly likely to come to Britain because of lax post-Brexit trade rules, experts have warned.
The value of goods sales from Great Britain to Northern Ireland dropped by 2.4% in 2022, official data suggests. / Meanwhile the value of goods imported from the Republic of Ireland, the wider EU and the rest of the world all increased.
The Conservatives want Northern Ireland out of the UK, a veteran unionist politician has said amid concerns over post-Brexit trading arrangements. / Lord Kilclooney levelled the claim as the Tory Government was urged to be honest about the impact of a revamped deal with Brussels, which critics argue retains a border in the Irish Sea.
The man who speaks for the City knows the bankers can’t do without Europe.
‘We goofed it up, you have to fix it’, Ursula von der Leyen tells young people. / European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has said young Britons could still reverse Brexit by deciding to re-join the EU in the years ahead.
Preliminary work has started on the upgrade of the border control post at Larne harbour. / The work is required as a consequence of Northern Ireland's Brexit deal.
Loyalist activist Jamie Bryson told the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee he was worried that the process of transition of paramilitary groups towards civilianisation had halted while concerns over post-Brexit trading arrangements remained.
The term doesn’t mean it doesn’t meet EU standards. Just that Brexiters want to insist they have the right to diverge, even if it were madness to do so.
Rishi Sunak's Brexit deal renegotiation can pave the way for Labour to agree closer EU ties if it wins power, a shadow minister has said.
The government's Illegal Migration Act is facing a court challenge from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) on the ground that it breaches the Windsor Framework.
On Sunday, a new trusted trader scheme came into effect with a system of green and red lanes at NI ports.
Consumers may notice some changes on some products to prevent these from being sold in Ireland.
He said the move "hugely reduces" the risk of post-Brexit divergence on product standards between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
The Windsor Framework improves the original Northern Ireland Protocol but does not resolve all its problems, a House of Lords inquiry has concluded.
The prime minister’s Windsor Framework, agreed with Brussels this year, will create ‘more burdensome’ bureaucracy for many firms than the status quo, peers said.
Northern Ireland could lose half of its veterinary medicines in a new Brexit row threatening to prolong the political stalemate in the region, it has emerged.
Conservative party politicians descended into open warfare during a spicy select committee on Rishi Sunak's key Brexit policy. / A group of MPs, stalwarts of the Eurosceptic ERG and Boris Johnson loyalists, Jacob Rees-Mogg, James Duddridge, Mark Francois, and Bill Cash clashed with chair Mark Pritchard over the Windsor Framework.