Explanatory Notes

Overview of the Bill

1. The Bill:

Amends section 1 of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act 2018 so as to extend the period provided in the Northern Ireland Act 1998 ("1998 Act") for Northern Ireland Ministers to be appointed until 21 October 2019 following the Assembly election held on 2 March 2017.

Confers a power on the Secretary of State exercisable by regulations to further extend the period for forming an Executive from 21 October 2019 until 13 January 2020. This may be exercised once only so as to extend the period until 13 January 2020.

Requires the Secretary of State to publish and lay before Parliament a report, on or before 21 October 2019, on the progress that has been made towards forming an Executive (if one has not been formed).


Prepared 3rd July 2019