How is the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland affecting communities?
In its fifth evidence session, the House of Lords Sub-Committee on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland continues its examination of the Protocol’s impact, by taking evidence from key community and civic society representatives. The session will explore opposition to and support for the Protocol among different communities, including rural women, the level of community engagement with the UK Government, the NI Executive and the EU, and the merits of alternatives to the Protocol.
Possible questions include:
- 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?