MPs to discuss petition relating to the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland
17 February 2021
On Monday 22 February, MPs will discuss a petition relating to the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the latest e-petition session scheduled by the Petitions Committee.
MPs will discuss e-petition 573209, relating to the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Elliot Colburn MP (Carshalton and Wallington), member of the Petitions Committee, will open the discussion. Robin Walker, Minister of State for the Northern Ireland Office, will respond for the Government.
The session comes as sittings in Westminster Hall, the traditional debating Chamber for e-petitions, are suspended. The session will allow petitioners’ concerns to be debated by MPs, including those who are shielding, and will be broadcast live on Parliament TV and YouTube.
Trigger Article 16. We want unfettered GB-NI Trade.
The petition, which has more than 141,000 signatures, states: “Her Majesty's Government must immediately remove any impediment or barrier to unfettered trade within the United Kingdom.”
“After just one month, Northern Ireland is suffering real economic and societal difficulties as a consequence of the Northern Ireland Protocol operating and creating new barriers to unfettered trade within the United Kingdom and disrupting supply lines of goods to Northern Ireland.”
The Government is yet to respond to this petition.
The 90 minute virtual session will start at 4.30pm and is open to Members from across the House, including those who are self-isolating or shielding. The sessions will be broadcast live on parliamentlive.tv and on YouTube, and a transcript of the session will be published.
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