Whoa! Averaging 66,000 Unique Weekly Readers! 

NI News

MPs to probe Northern Ireland Protocol

2 Mins read
News

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has launched a wide-ranging inquiry that will examine the Northern Ireland Protocol and all its implications on public services, trade, the economy and citizens’ rights in Northern Ireland.

Following the publication of the Government’s Internal Market Bill yesterday, the operation and implementation of the NI Protocol has come into sharp relief. The Bill, designed to ensure trade within the UK can move freely and without charge, contains powers relating to internal UK trade that conflict with the Withdrawal Agreement and the Northern Ireland Protocol.

This is a likely subject for discussion when the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis, gives oral evidence to the Committee at 09.30AM on Wednesday 16 September in the first session of the inquiry.

Under the Protocol a number of EU laws will continue to apply to Northern Ireland following the end of the transition period on 31 December. It was agreed between the UK Government and the EU to avoid a border on the island of Ireland while also recognising that trade between Northern Ireland and Great Britain should remain as frictionless as possible.

The inquiry will anticipate and react to developments in the UK-EU trade negotiations, UK politics, and in the implementation of the Protocol. The Committee is calling for any evidence on ways in which the NI Protocol will influence life in Northern Ireland.

Chairman’s comments

Simon Hoare, Chairman of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee said: “The Northern Ireland Protocol will be a significant change for all walks of life in Northern Ireland. It could change operation of cross-border public services, trade within the UK, trade with the Republic of Ireland and citizen’s rights.

The Internal Market Bill published yesterday interacts with the Protocol and we need to examine what outcomes will come of it. Negotiations between the UK and EU on the precise form of some aspects within the NI Protocol are ongoing. We will be asking the Secretary of State about these matters at our first hearing on Wednesday. I know the Committee will be keen to establish how the Protocol now apparently undermines the Good Friday Agreement when two months ago it did no such thing.

With events moving so rapidly and crunch time on negotiations fast approaching it’s an absolute necessity that we have a rolling and flexible inquiry into the implications of the Protocol; deal or no deal. Our inquiry will examine the Government’s and businesses’ preparedness for the Protocol coming into effect and will keep pace with developments to offer timely interventions and information on any aspect of the Protocol for the people of Northern Ireland facing the effects of its implementation.”

11058 posts

About author
An article that is attributed to the Causeway Coast Community Team has either involved multiple authors, written by a contributor or the main body of content is from a press release. Got a news-related tip you’d like to see covered on Causeway Coast Community? Email us - [email protected]
Articles
Related posts
NI News

Care home sick leave support funding will continue – Health Minister

2 Mins read
FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppImportant support for care home staff will be sustained as a result of a planned new £27m funding package for the sector,…
NI News

Farmers receive over £275m in Direct Payments

1 Mins read
FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppJust over £275million has been paid to farmers in the first week of Direct Payments being issued, Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots MLA…
NI News

NI Takeaway Association Calls For End To 11pm Delivery Restriction

3 Mins read
FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppThe Northern Ireland Takeaway Association today (October 21) warned that the sector is facing devastation unless current restrictions preventing deliveries after 11pm…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *