Experts on international law questioned on Northern Ireland Protocol legality
24 June 2022
Are the Government’s proposals on the Northern Ireland Protocol lawful? The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee will ask a panel of experts on international law to find out in the latest instalment of the Committee’s Brexit and the NI Protocol inquiry.
- Watch Parliament TV: Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol
- Inquiry: Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol
- Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
Wednesday 29 June 2022, Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminister
- Prof. Holger Hestermeyer, Professor of International and EU Law, Kings College London
- Prof. Alan Boyle, Barrister, Essex Court Chambers and Emeritus Professor of Public International Law, Edinburgh Law School
The Government’s Northern Ireland Protocol Bill would allow ministers to override the Protocol and reduce the paperwork required to move goods between Britain and Northern Ireland. The EU opposes this claiming it would breach international law. However, the Government has published its own legal position in which it argues that its approach is justified in international law.
The Protocol was a compromise hammered out between the EU and the UK when it left the bloc. It prevented a hard border with the Republic of Ireland but introduced checks on some goods arriving in Northern Ireland from Britain.