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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Follow-up inquiry on the impact of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland

Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland Sub-Committee
Follow-up inquiry on the impact of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland

Wednesday 23 March 2022

Start times: 3.30pm (private) 4.00pm (public)


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Committee hears evidence from economists, business and trade union representatives on impact of Protocol on Northern Ireland economy

From 4:00pm on Wednesday 23 March, the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland Sub-Committee takes evidence from economists, business and trade union representatives on the impact of the Protocol on the Northern Ireland economy.

Watch the evidence session: Parliamentlive.tv

Background

Against the backdrop of the continuing dialogue between the UK and the EU over the future of the Protocol, this is the second 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 after the 5 May Northern Ireland Assembly elections.

Meeting details

At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Follow-up inquiry on the impact of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland
Senior Economist at Ulster University
CEO at Manufacturing NI
Assistant General Secretary at Irish Congress of Trade Unions Northern Ireland Committee

Possible questions include:

  • How would you summarise the economic impact of Brexit and the Protocol upon Northern Ireland?
  • Is it possible to distinguish between the economic impact of Brexit and the Protocol, as well as between them and other factors, such as COVID or rising energy costs?
  • What impact has the Protocol had on the balance of Northern Ireland’s trade with the rest of the UK, with Ireland, and with the EU as a whole?
  • Which sectors of the economy have been most significantly affected, either positively or negatively, by the Protocol? What is the reason for this?
  • Do you perceive any economic advantages, potential opportunities or mitigations for Northern Ireland under the Protocol?
  • What assessment have you made of the potential economic impact of the Protocol on Northern Ireland as a destination for Foreign Direct Investment?
  • What impact would changes to streamline the Protocol’s operation have on your assumptions? Conversely, what would be the economic impact on Northern Ireland of the full imposition of the Protocol?
  • What is the economic impact of continued political uncertainty in Northern Ireland, including in relation to the Protocol?

Further information

Location

To be confirmed