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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Introductory inquiry into the operation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland

Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland Sub-Committee
Introductory inquiry into the operation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland

Wednesday 9 June 2021

Start times: 3.30pm (private) 4.15pm (public)


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Cross-disciplinary academic panel questioned on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland

In its fourth evidence session, the House of Lords Sub-Committee on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland examine the operation of the Protocol with three eminent academics. The session will explore the different perceptions of the Protocol across different communities, its impact on the structure of the Northern Ireland economy and the viability of alternatives to the Protocol.

Meeting details

At 4.15pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Introductory inquiry into the operation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland
Senior Economist at Ulster University
Director, Institute of Irish Studies at University of Liverpool
Professor of Political Sociology at Queen's University Belfast

Possible questions include:

  • What would you identify as the main technical, economic or political issues that have so far arisen in relation to the Protocol’s operation?
  • What might the impact of the Protocol be on the structure of the economy in Northern Ireland?
  • What impact has the Protocol had on community identity in Northern Ireland?
  • How would you assess the impact of the Protocol on the peace process, and on the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement?
  • What is your assessment of the UK Government’s approach to the Protocol, and its engagement with Northern Ireland stakeholders, since it came into force?
  • What is your assessment of the EU’s approach to the Protocol, and its engagement with Northern Ireland stakeholders?
  • What practical steps can the UK and EU take through the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee and Ireland/Northern Ireland Specialised Committee to mitigate the Protocol’s negative impact on the people and businesses of Northern Ireland?
  • What benefits would you perceive arising from the Protocol?
  • Is there a viable alternative to the Protocol?

Further information

 

Location

Virtual meeting