The Committee on Exiting the European Union today publishes a UK Government scoping document on North-South cooperation from September 2017. The scoping document outlines 142 areas of joint North-South cooperation on the island of Ireland.
For each area, the document:
- Specifies the extent to which it is underpinned by the Good Friday Agreement, and;
- The extent to which each is underpinned by existing EU legal and policy frameworks.
The document has been provided to the Committee following a disclosure from the Cabinet Office subsequent to a Freedom of Information request, made by a member of the public. In addition to the above-mentioned information, it contains a UK Government paper on North-South cooperation relating to healthcare.
Ahead of the publication, on 8 December 2017, of the Joint Report on progress during phase 1 of negotiations under Article 50 TEU on the UK’s orderly withdrawal from the EU, areas of North-South cooperation were the subject of a scoping exercise undertaken by the UK Government, Northern Ireland Civil Service, European Commission and Government of Ireland.
On 7 December 2018, the Department for Exiting the European Union published a “technical explanatory note on the North-South cooperation mapping exercise, including a list of areas of current North-South cooperation both formal and informal.”