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Leaving the European Union: Impact on the Good Friday Agreement

Published Thursday, October 4, 2018

This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on a motion moved by Lord Dubs (Labour) on the “impact on the Good Friday Agreement of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union”.

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This Briefing provides background information on the changing context for the Good Friday Agreement represented by Brexit; summarises aspects of the withdrawal negotiations particularly relating to Northern Ireland; and provides a summary of the political context in which the negotiations are currently taking place within the UK. It then provides a brief overview of recent developments relating to the three main strands of the Agreement in the context of Brexit, before concluding with a selection of suggested reading for additional information on this sensitive and complex subject.

Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0098

Author: Thomas Brown

Topics: Devolution, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, Northern Ireland Assembly

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