Northern Irish businesses questioned as transition period draws to a close
16 November 2020
The Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union returns with a virtual evidence session, examining how the end of the transition period will affect businesses in Northern Ireland.
- Watch Parliament TV: Progress of the negotiations on the UK’s Future Relationship with the EU
- Inquiry: Progress of the negotiations on the UK’s Future Relationship with the EU
- Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union
Wednesday 18 November, virtual meeting
- Aodhan Connelly, Director, Northern Ireland Retail Consortium
- Stephen Kelly, Chief Executive, Manufacturing NI
- Victor Chestnutt, President, Ulster Farmers' Union
As discussions between the UK and EU continue regarding the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement and the details of their future relationship, the Committee will explore how the various possible outcomes of these talks would impact Northern Irish businesses. Members will question representatives of the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium and Manufacturing NI.
The Committee is expected to focus on how the Northern Ireland Protocol will operate in practice after the end of the transition period, business preparedness for its coming into force, and the introduction of new infrastructure, systems and personnel at Northern Irish ports ahead of 1 January.