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Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland


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