Following the referendum vote, the UK government established the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU). DExEU is responsible for all of the UK Government’s preparations for leaving the EU, this includes domestic preparations in both a deal and a no deal scenario. DExEU is also responsible for all of the necessary legislation and preparations for the negotiations to implement the detail of the Future Framework.

There has been intensive engagement with the UK Government at official level and with the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales. High level meetings with DExEU and Whitehall Departments have taken place with Northern Ireland analysis informing UK position papers on issues such as the Common Travel Area (CTA) and Trade.

We are working to ensure Northern Ireland’s economic, social, environmental and cultural needs, inform the UK’s approach to negotiations and that the local position in relation to a wide range of issues is fully understood.

Stakeholder engagement is also continuing to ensure all the issues of significance are captured and communicated to the UK Government. Key NICS Departments such as the Department for the Economy; the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs; the Department for Infrastructure and the Department of Health have all been engaging with Stakeholders through forums, workshops, information sessions and meetings.

There also is ongoing engagement in Brussels to ensure key stakeholders are aware of Northern Ireland issues, to monitor ongoing EU business and to gather information relevant to the exit negotiations. You can find out more about the Northern Ireland Executive Office in Brussels via the link below:

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