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House of Lords Sub-Committee on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland: Call for evidence published seeking views on the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

Today, the House of Lords Sub-Committee on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland published its call for evidence, inviting interested individuals and organisations to submit their views on the impact of the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill currently before the House of Lords.

Full details including the list of questions can be found here. You can submit written evidence to the inquiry using the on the online submission form. All written submissions must be received by midday on Thursday 3 November 2022.

Background

The House of Lords European Affairs Sub-Committee on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland was appointed in April 2021, to consider all matters related to the Protocol, including scrutinising EU legislation applying to Northern Ireland under the Protocol, the Protocol’s overall socio-economic and political impact on Northern Ireland, and to engage in interparliamentary dialogue, notably with the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The Sub-Committee published an introductory report into the operation of the Protocol in July 202, and a follow-up report in July 2022, examining the overall impact of the Protocol, and the UK and EU proposals for reform. In August 2022, the Committee launched a new inquiry into the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill currently before the House of Lords, and the Committee has already taken oral evidence from business representatives, and legal and academic experts. Following Second Reading of the Bill on 11 October, the Committee now invites written evidence from interested individuals and organisations, to inform the House’s detailed scrutiny of the Bill.

Please do not hesitate to get in contact with the secretariat team on hlprotocol@parliament.uk if you would like further information regarding the inquiry. Further general information about the Sub-Committee, and updates on its activities, can be found here.

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