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Northern Ireland Legislation

The Withdrawal Agreement and the Protocol are given legal effect in the UK via section 7A of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 which was amended by the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020. Alongside general implementation powers granted in section 7A, the 2018 Act granted corresponding powers to devolved authorities to implement the Withdrawal Agreement and Protocol via secondary legislation in accordance with the respective competencies of the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive (see section 8C and Schedule 2).

Relevant secondary legislation passed in Northern Ireland to implement the Protocol is noted below. 

 

InstrumentAdoptedNotes
The Genetically Modified Organisms (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020, SR 2020/269 19.11.2020 Amends previous legislation to reflect the requirements of EU regulations relating to GMOs that continue to apply in NI under the Protocol
The Pesticides and Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting)(Amendment)(EU Exit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020, SR 2020/268 19.11.2020  Amends previous legislation to reflect the requirements of EU regulations related to invasive alien species and pesticides that continue to apply in NI under the Protocol
The Food (Miscellaneous Amendments etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020, SR 2020/286 25.11.2020  Amends previous legislation in the field of food safety and standards to reflect the continued application of EU regulations on food standards applicable in NI under the Protocol 
The Waste (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020, SR 2020/284 26.11.2020  Amends previous legislation in the field of waste management to reflect the continued application of EU regulations on waste management applicable in NI under the Protocol
The Further Education (Student Support) (Eligibility) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020, SR 2020/296 01.12.2020  Amends previous legislation prepared for 'no deal' Brexit and replaces with provisions required to implement the Withdrawal Agreement in the field of Further Education and Student Support
The Education (Student Fees and Support) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020, SR 2020/295 01.12.2020  Amends previous legislation prepared for 'no deal' Brexit and replaces with provisions required to implement the Withdrawal Agreement in the field of  Student Fees and Support
The Gas (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020, SR 2020/305 04.12.2020  Amends previous legislation in the field of gas and electricity supply to address deficiencies in EU retained law and reflect the requirements of the Protcol, in particular Article 9
The Seed Marketing and Fertilisers (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020, SR 2020/319 10.12.2020  Regulations to implement requirements of Article 5 of the Protocol in respect of seed marketing and fertilisers
The Pension Protection Fund (State Aid) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020, SR 2020/318 10.12.2020  Amends existing provisions relating to State aid in respect to pension protection funds to reflect requirements of Article 10 of the Protocol
The Plant Health and Diseases of Animals (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020, SR 2020/327 11.12.2020  Regulations to ensure NI primary legislation relating to plant health and animal diseases continue to operate effectively after the Transition Period and remains aligned with EU law applicable under the Protocol 
The Alien and Locally Absent Species (Aquaculture) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020, SR 2020/333 16.12.2020  Regulations to ensure NI secondary legislation relating to alien and locally absent species in aquaculture continues to operate effectively after the Transition Period and remains aligned with EU law applicable under the Protocol
The Animals (Health, Identification, Trade and Veterinary Medicines) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020, SR 2020/353 23.12.2020  Regulations to ensure NI secondary legislation relating to animal health, identification, trade and veterinary medicines can continue to operate effectively after the Transition Period and remains aligned with EU law applicable under the Protocol
The Explosives (Appointment of Authorities and Enforcement) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021, SR 2020/37 12.02.2020  Regulations to make minor amendments to SIs concerning labelling and packaging of explosives to give effect to application of EU Regulation 1272/2008 under Article 5 and Annex 2 of the Protocol