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Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol examined with representatives of key industries

5 January 2021

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee asks representatives of key industries trading between Northern Ireland and Great Britain about the practical impacts of the EU-UK trade deal and the Northern Ireland Protocol now that both are operational.


Wednesday 6 January 2021, virtual meeting

At 9.30am

  • Victor Chestnutt, President, Ulster Farmers Union
  • Aodhán Connolly, Director, Northern Ireland Retail Consortium
  • Seamus Leheny, Policy Manager, Northern Ireland, Logistics UK

Since 1 January the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, to give the deal its full name, and the Protocol have set the rules governing NI-GB trade. The Protocol’s aim is to keep the island of Ireland borderless, while respecting both the UK and EU’s customs unions.

Representatives of the Ulster Farmers’ Union, Northern Ireland Retail Consortium, Logistics UK and CBI Northern Ireland are expected to be asked:

  • to describe any impact on businesses and their supply chains arising from the new trading arrangements;
  • for their assessment of the trade deal reached between the UK and the EU;
  • whether NI businesses the promise of ‘unfettered access’ has been fulfilled; and
  • how the arrangements reached to help businesses adapt to the new situation, such as the grace period for food products, are working.

The evidence session is the sixth of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee’s Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol Inquiry.

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