Committee hears evidence from businesses on impact of Protocol on Northern Ireland economy
From 4:00pm on Wednesday 9 March, the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland Sub-Committee takes evidence from business representatives on the impact of the Protocol on the Northern Ireland economy.
Against the backdrop of the continuing dialogue between the UK and the EU over the future of the Protocol, this is the first evidence session of a new inquiry into the impact of the Protocol, following on from the Committee’s July 2021 introductory report. This inquiry will continue throughout March and then after the 5 May Northern Ireland Assembly elections.
Possible questions include:
- What is your assessment of the overall economic impact of Brexit and the Protocol upon Northern Ireland?
- How would you summarise the impact on Northern Ireland’s trading relations with the rest of the UK, with Ireland, and with the EU as a whole?
- Which sectors of the economy have been most affected, either positively or negatively?
- How would you summarise the impact of Brexit and the Protocol upon the businesses and workers you represent or engage with regularly?
- What are the main practical issues arising under the Protocol that you would identify? How can these issues be resolved?
- Has the Protocol had any beneficial impact, or does it present any economic opportunities, either for the businesses and workers you represent, or more generally?
- What is your overall assessment of the UK and EU’sapproach in relation to the Protocol? Do you see scope for compromise between the UK and EU positions, and in which areas?
- What impact is the continuing political uncertainty around the Protocol having on the economic climate in Northern Ireland?