How much change can we expect to current environmental requirements post Brexit?

As the Prime Minister prepares to trigger Article 50, this blog post looks at the potential consequences for environmental standards here in Northern Ireland.

Strangford Lough from Scrabo Hill (Image: Colin Park under Creative Commons)
Strangford Lough from Scrabo Hill (Image: Colin Park under Creative Commons)

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World Trade Organisation and the implications for Northern Ireland trade

During a House of Commons debate on Article 50 in February 2017, Brexit Minister, David Jones, confirmed that if the UK failed to secure a deal with the EU during negotiations, it would fall back on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms of trade. This blog article outlines what the WTO is and how trading on WTO terms might impact NI trade position.

World Trade Organization public forum in 2016
World Trade Organisation public forum in 2016 (Image: World Trade Organisation under Creative Commons)

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After Brexit – what will remain?

Following the referendum in June 2016, the UK Prime Minister has stated that Article 50, the trigger mechanism for withdrawal from the EU, will be initiated by the end of March 2017. There are still key questions about what laws will have to be changed, what relationship will exist between the EU and the UK and how free the UK will be to act domestically and internationally. Some of these questions have received spurious answers during and since the referendum debate.

A set of stars in the shape of the Flag of Europe, with one missing

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How could the Brexit vote affect farming and food in Northern Ireland?

The agri-food sector is a significant one for the economy and employment in Northern Ireland. For a number of reasons, the implications of the vote to leave the EU are difficult to gauge at this stage, but this article attempts to sketch out some of the potential impacts.

Image of a milk tanker travelling down a country road (image by Jonathan Billinger and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons)
A milk tanker travelling down a country road; significant quantities of milk are exported from Northern Ireland south of the border for processing (image by Jonathan Billinger and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons).

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What are the potential implications of withdrawal from the EU for healthcare in Northern Ireland?

The Assembly Research and Information Service (RaISe) recently published a paper which provided an update on developments following the EU referendum on 23rd June. In this post, another in our series of articles examining some of the specific implications that a withdrawal from the EU may have for Northern Ireland, we examine what the implications might be for health and social care. This post follows a more detailed RaISe briefing paper on potential health and social care issues following Brexit.

Blue and yellow pills: There may have to be a change to the marketing authorisation of medicinal products for human use once the UK leaves the EU
Blue and yellow pills: There may have to be a change to the marketing authorisation of medicinal products for human use once the UK leaves the EU.

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