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Jonathan Powell, former Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff gives evidence to Protocol Committee

15 June 2021

From 4:00pm on Wednesday 16 June, Jonathan Powell, former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Tony Blair (1995-2007) and Chief British Negotiator on Northern Ireland (1997-2007) will give evidence to the House of Lords Sub-Committee on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. He will join a panel with Louise Coyle and Dr Tom Kelly examining the impact of the Protocol upon the communities of Northern Ireland, and the steps that the UK and the EU need to take to respond to their concerns.

Witnesses

Wednesday 16 June at 4:00pm

  • Louise Coyle, Director, Northern Ireland Rural Women's Network
  • Dr Tom Kelly OBE, Columnist, Irish News
  • Jonathan Powell, former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Tony Blair (1995-2007) and Chief British Negotiator on Northern Ireland (1997-2007)

Possible questions

  • What is your overall assessment of the impact on the people and communities of Northern Ireland of the Protocol since it came into force on 1 January 2021?
  • In your assessment, to what extent was the recent violence in Northern Ireland attributable to the Protocol coming into force?
  • How would you assess the impact of the Protocol and of the UK withdrawal from the EU, on the peace process, and on the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement?
  • What are the key concerns that have arisen from the operation of the Protocol for communities on all sides in Northern Ireland?
  • How would you assess the overall level of understanding of the Protocol’s operation within the communities of Northern Ireland?
  • Are the concerns that have arisen capable of resolution within the terms of the Protocol?
  • How would you characterise the engagement since January by the UK Government and the Northern Ireland Executive with community representatives as regards the operation of the Protocol?
  • What engagement with community representatives would you like to see this Committee undertake in scrutinising the operation and impact of the Protocol?

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