Like all Government Departments across the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) the Department of Health is preparing for Brexit and the possible impact it may have on the Health and Social Care System (HSC).

This page will provide answers to questions you may have about the effects EU Exit will have on the HSC.

Article 50

The UK Government has agreed with the EU a further extension of the Article 50 period to 31 October 2019. If the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified by both sides before that date the UK will leave EU earlier, but in that case it would leave with a deal. The legal default in UK and EU law remains that, until a deal is agreed and ratified, there is a risk of a no deal exit at the end of the extension period on 31 October 2019.

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