So how will Purdah and Brexit mix in the upcoming elections/negotiations?

A short follow-on thought from the post before (via my old friend David Steven)…

If you’re not sure what Purdah means, try this


  • Bel83

    Does this mean the SOS cannot bring forward legislation? No direct rule measures for budget or rates. Even if there is a deal on the hill does it not require legislation to recognise the March result now the deadline was missed?
    So with or without NI election nothing happens until mid June

  • lizmcneill

    How long can the councils keep going without getting rates?

  • Granni Trixie

    I read somewhere that the SOS has just triggered a piece of legslation at Westminster to enable him to collect the rates here.

  • Brendan Heading

    Purdah is a little bit more subtle than this; you can’t announce any major initiatives or reforms (the sort of thing that could sway an election result) but you can act to keep things ticking over. Legislating so that Northern Ireland has a budget in the absence of devolution falls into the latter box fairly clearly.

  • Brendan Heading

    I don’t believe the SOS has the power to do this. Parliament would have to enact something. Since they dissolve on May 6th they’d have to guillotine it through.

  • Granni Trixie

    He’s tabling legislation to ensure that rates bills are sent out.