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Northern Ireland: Restoring Devolution

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:04 pm on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Kate Hoey Kate Hoey Labour, Vauxhall 5:04 pm, 21st October 2019

The Secretary of State should be an expert on the protocol, so may I ask him a simple question? A friend who gardens in Northern Ireland wants to buy 2 lb of organic garlic from a supplier in England. When the supplier sees the Northern Ireland address will they be obligated to add the EU tariff—currently 10%—and how would my friend prove that he is not moving it to the EU, in the Republic, and how would he reclaim the tariff? The agreement says that the default assumption is that it is going to the EU, which is an important point. That is what people are talking about in Northern Ireland today—not restoring devolution.