This briefing note provides a concise overview of what has become commonly known as the ‘Stormont Brake’, which has (subject to Parliamentary approval) taken form in domestic law by virtue of The Windsor Framework (Democratic Scrutiny) Regulations 2023 (‘the 2023 Regulations’).
In terms of structure, this note sets out a brief background to the legislative means by which the Regulations have been laid and highlights some potential problems in that regard as to whether they are even lawful. Thereafter, the four parts of the Regulations are considered in turn. Finally, in conclusion, a view is taken as to the approach unionism should adopt in relation to these Regulations.
This is a concise note produced on behalf of the Centre for the Union, NI Department. It is intended to provide a broad overview. There is much more work to be done and the Centre for the Union working group will be engaged in producing a more detailed analysis in the coming days/weeks.