The Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Bill, which arrives in the House of Lords today, is set to be enacted by way of fast-track legislative procedure this week. The Bill intends to facilitate the formation of an Executive in Northern Ireland while providing for the exercise of executive functions by civil servants in the interim. In effect, the Bill suspends the statutory duty on the Secretary of State to call a Northern Ireland Assembly election.
Keeping the Irish border open after Brexit is one of the key challenges that the UK and EU negotiation teams currently face. Blog by Dr Dylan Geraets, cross posted from European Futures - The Implications of Leaving the EU Customs Union