Committee visits Belfast and Dublin for Brexit: UK-Irish relations inquiry

14 October 2016

The European Union Committee undertakes a visit to Belfast and Dublin next week for its inquiry into UK-Irish relations.


In Belfast on 17 October, the Committee will hear evidence from:

  • At 9:15am: Professor David Phinnemore, Dr Lee McGowan, Dr Cathal McCall and Dr Katy Hayward, Queen’s University Belfast
  • At 10:45am:Angela McGowan, CBI Northern Ireland; Aidan Gough, Intertrade Ireland; Michael Bell and Declan Billington, Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association
  • At midday: Dr Anthony Soares and Ruth Taillon, Centre for Cross-Border Studies; and Peter Sheridan, Cooperation Ireland
  • At 2:15pm: Shane Campbell, ICBAN; Pamela Arthurs, East Border Region and Bernie McCrory, CAWT
  • At 3:30pm: Leaders of political parties

These sessions will be webcast and are available to view at: https://niassembly.tv/live-stream-2/.

In Dublin on 18 October, the Committee will hear evidence from:

  • Dr Paul Gillespie, University College Dublin and Irish Times; Professor John O’Brennan, NIU Maynooth; and Dr Etain Tannam, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dan O’Brien, IIEA; Edgar Morgenroth, European and Social Research Institute; and Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland
  • Pat Ivory, IBEC; Patricia King, ICTU; and John McGrane, British Irish Chamber of Commerce
  • Richard Pym, AIB Bank and Bryan Barry, Irish Farmers' Association

Although it is not possible to webcast these meetings, transcripts for all sessions will be available on the website the following week.

Scope of the inquiry

The Committee is conducting an inquiry into the impact of Brexit on the relationship between the United Kingdom and Ireland following the vote by UK citizens to leave the European Union.

The inquiry will consider the impact on the Common Travel Area, economic and trade relationships, the Irish land border, North/South relations, the peace process, the rights of UK and Irish nationals to live and work in each other’s countries, and UK-Irish interparliamentary liaison.

This is one of a series of short inquiries on the implications of Brexit being undertaken over the coming months by the EU Committee and its Sub-Committees.

The inquiry will begin with a public meeting on 6 September 2016, at which the Irish Ambassador, His Excellency Dan Mulhall, will give evidence. Further evidence will be taken in the coming weeks from expert witnesses in Dublin, Belfast and from the UK Government. 

No public call for evidence will be issued as part of this inquiry, though the Committee will be interested to receive the views of stakeholders on the issues outlined below. Any submissions should be sent to the Committee, at euclords@parliament.uk, no later than 30 September 2016.


  • The impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland
  • Trading relationships between the Republic of Ireland and the UK
  • The impact on North-South relations and on the Irish land border
  • The impact on the Common Travel Area
  • The impact on the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement

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