Committee consider impact of no-deal on the border, and will also question Michael Gove on Government preparations

03 September 2019

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

From 9.15am

  • 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

From 12.00pm

  • Rt. Hon Michael Gove MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

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