Stormont Brake

Cabinet Office written question – answered at on 21 February 2024.

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Photo of Lord Dodds of Duncairn Lord Dodds of Duncairn DUP

To ask His Majesty's Government which existing EU regulations and laws applying to Northern Ireland are within the scope of the Stormont Brake mechanism.

Photo of Baroness Neville-Rolfe Baroness Neville-Rolfe Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

With the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive back up and running, the powerful democratic safeguard of the Stormont Brake is now in operation. This gives MLAs a vital role in the decision on whether significant new goods rules impacting on everyday life in Northern Ireland should be applied. Its operation is set out in detail in the Windsor Framework (Democratic Scrutiny) Regulations 2024.

The operation of the Windsor Framework and the application of a limited subset of EU law in Northern Ireland are subject to a consent vote of the Northern Ireland Assembly, due to be held later this year.

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