Structure and operation of the Northern Ireland Assembly
Produced in partnership with Dr Kirsty Hood of Hastie Stables
Structure and operation of the Northern Ireland Assembly

The following Public Law practice note produced in partnership with Dr Kirsty Hood of Hastie Stables provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Structure and operation of the Northern Ireland Assembly
  • Brexit impact—devolution
  • Which voting system is used in Northern Ireland Assembly elections?
  • What are the functions and powers of the Northern Ireland Executive?
  • Who are other key players in the Northern Ireland Assembly?
  • How does the Northern Ireland Assembly make laws?

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for public law?

This Practice Note provides an introduction to the Northern Ireland Assembly. It considers how its members are elected and how it makes laws. The broader context of decision-making in Northern Ireland (with a focus upon certain specialities of the devolution arrangements necessitated by recent history in Northern Ireland) is discussed separately in Practice Note: The process of decision making in Northern Ireland.

Brexit impact—devolution

The UK devolution structures involve complex interaction with EU law and EU competences, and are therefore impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For general updates on the process and preparations for Brexit, see: Brexit timeline. For further reading on the impact of Brexit on devolution, see News Analysis: Examining the impact of Brexit and UK-wide common frameworks on devolution. For detail on the impact for Northern Ireland, see Practice Note: The process of decision making in

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