Purpose of the sessions
Wednesday 4 September
On Wednesday, the Committee will examine the impact of a no-deal departure from the European Union on the border, including the Dover-Calais crossing and the Northern Ireland – Republic of Ireland border.
The Committee will hear from the British Retail Consortium, the Freight Transport Association and former Director General for Border Co-ordination at HMRC Karen Wheeler, who retired from her post in June.
Likely topics for discussion include the leaked Operation Yellowhammer report;, the extent to which the smooth running of UK border infrastructure after a no-deal exit would be reliant on decisions taken by the EU and national Governments; and the impact of a no-deal Brexit on citizens and businesses in Northern Ireland.
Thursday 5 September
On Thursday, the Committee will question Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove MP, responsible for co-ordinating the Government’s no-deal preparations. This follows correspondence from Committee Chair Hilary Benn MP requesting clarification of a number of issues raised by the publication of the Operation Yellowhammer report.
Wednesday 4 September 2019, Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House
- James Hookham, Deputy Chief Executive, Freight Transport Association
- Andrew Opie, Director of Food & Sustainability, British Retail Consortium
- Karen Wheeler CBE, former Director General, Cross Government Border Delivery Group, HMRC
Thursday 5 September 2019, Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House
- Rt. Hon Michael Gove MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster