The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee continues it's inquiry into the border with Ireland and hears from Chloe Smith MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary in the Northern Ireland Office, and Robin Walker MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary in the Department for Exiting the European Union.
Wednesday 29 November, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
- Chloe Smith MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office
- Robin Walker MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Exiting the European Union
Support for maintaining the border
Both the EU and UK have stated their support for maintaining the Common Travel Area, upholding the Belfast Agreement and avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland. There is disagreement about how these high-level principles should be achieved.
The Government is coming under increasing pressure to clarify how its proposals can achieve these aims whilst also respecting the integrity of the Single Market and the Customs Union.
Purpose of the session
The evidence session examines the Government’s proposals for establishing a post-Brexit border regime with particular focus on customs arrangements, regulatory divergence and avoiding physical infrastructure. It also scrutinises the extent of contingency planning for a ‘no deal’ scenario and options for a transitional phase.