The Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland is one of the most significant elements of the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement. Its purpose is to maintain "continued North-South cooperation" and avoid a "hard border" on the island of Ireland, while protecting the 1998 Belfast/Good Friday Agreement "in all its dimensions".
In this inquiry, the EU Select Committee will examine:
The political, legal and economic implications of the Protocol for Northern Ireland’s relationship with the rest of the UK, with Ireland, and with the EU as a whole
The practical operation of the Protocol, in particular for business based in or trading with Northern Ireland
The significance of the decisions to be made during 2020 by the UK-EU Joint Committee on the application of the Protocol
How Westminster and the Northern Ireland Assembly should seek to scrutinise the operation of the Protocol