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Jan25
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25 January 2021

PFG – Part 1

And we are off. The Executive has published the Programme for Government (PfG) Draft Outcomes Framework which is out for consultation for the next 8 weeks. Essentially, this is the first stage in a public conversation about the quality of life we want to see and what those conditions would be like if we could experience them.

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18 January 2021

Recess is over, lots of homework to be done

Although it may seem that there wasn’t much of a Christmas break for politics, the Assembly officially returns from recess today. With the increasing challenges of COVID-19, a Brexit deal and the end of the transition period, alongside transfer test issues, the Assembly was recalled three times over the past few weeks, and there is no sign of any let up in the weeks and months ahead.

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11 January 2021

Happy birthday to the NI Assembly?

Three years without a government, set against the backdrop of Brexit drawing ever closer, there was a palpable sense of cautious optimism when a deal was announced this time last year by the then Secretary of State, Julian Smith, and his counterpart in the Republic, Simon Coveney, heralding a “New Decade, New Approach”.

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01 December 2020

Engagement in a post-Brexit world: Five key takeaways

We’ve seen deadlines come and go before. Brexit observers will remember only too well the high-noon deadlines of EU summits, extensions, ‘flextensions’ (remember those?) and various attempts to both ‘intensify’ and ‘dedramatise’ negotiations, that dominated late 2018 and much of 2019.

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