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Lords to explore post-Brexit agriculture and environment policy in Northern Ireland

Monday 1 February 2021

Tomorrow the House of Lords Common Frameworks Scrutiny Committee will discuss with experts future agricultural and environmental policy in Northern Ireland and the role that common frameworks will play, following the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.

The session will take place virtually on Tuesday 2 February at 10.30am and can be followed on Parliament TV.

Giving evidence will be:

  • Dr Viviane Gravey, Lecturer in European Politics, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Sean Kelly, Development Manager, Northern Ireland Environment Link
  • Victor Chestnutt, President, Ulster Farmers’ Union

Questions the Committee is likely to ask include:

  • How important is the need for regulatory cooperation between Northern Ireland and Great Britain? What role could common frameworks play in this regard?
  • What role should common frameworks play in responding to changes in EU law covered by the Northern Ireland Protocol?
  • Is the delay in publishing the agriculture and environment frameworks a cause for concern?
  • What impact could the delays to the Environment Bill have on the agriculture and environment frameworks?
  • Could the UK Internal Market Act lead to administrations undercutting each other’s agricultural and environmental standards?

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