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Lords EU Committee to take evidence on the new Withdrawal Agreement's revised Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland

On Tuesday 29 October 2019 the House of Lords EU Committee will take evidence on the potential impact of the revised Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland in the new Withdrawal Agreement.

Giving evidence to the Committee at 4pm will be:

  • Dr Katy Hayward, Reader, Queen's University Belfast
  • Mr Ivor Ferguson, President, Ulster Farmers' Union
  • Mr Aodhán Connolly, Director, Northern Ireland Retail Consortium.

Question the Committee could ask include:

  • In the context of the political settlement embodied in the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, what will be the overall impact of the revised Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland?
  • Is the proposed ‘simple majority' consent mechanism consistent with the provisions of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement?
  • What are the practical implications of the provision for Northern Ireland's continued regulatory alignment with the Single Market for goods?
  • How will the new regimes for customs checks and controls work in practice?
  • What are the practical implications of the interaction between the customs and regulatory regimes for Northern Ireland's participation in future UK Free Trade Agreements?
  • How will the VAT provisions in relation to Northern Ireland work in practice?

This evidence session, which is open to the public, will start at 4pm on Tuesday 29 October in Committee Room 3 of the House of Lords. Alternatively, you can watch it on

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