Northern Ireland’s place in the UK internal market

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill – in the House of Commons at 2:38 pm on 8th January 2020.

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  • Division number 9
    A majority of MPs voted not to require the publication of an annual assessment of impacts on businesses and consumers arising from the Protocol on trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland and not to protect the place of Northern Ireland businesses and consumers in the UK internal market.

“(1) As part of its obligation under Article 6.2 of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland to use its best endeavours to facilitate trade between Northern Ireland and other parts of the UK, the UK Government must—

(a) publish an assessment at least every 12 months of any negative impacts on businesses and consumers arising from the Protocol on trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland and vice versa; and

(b) develop mitigations to safeguard the place of Northern Ireland businesses and consumers in the UK internal market.

(2) The assessment published under paragraph (1)(a) must include assessment of the impact of any actual or proposed regulatory or trade policy divergence on Northern Ireland’s place in the UK Internal Market.

(3) Any official or administrative costs arising from the duties under subsections (1) and (2) may not be recouped from the private sector.”—(Sir Jeffrey M. Donaldson.)

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Question put, That the clause be added to the Bill..

Division number 9 European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill — New Clause 55 — Northern Ireland’s Place in the UK Internal Market

A majority of MPs voted not to require the publication of an annual assessment of impacts on businesses and consumers arising from the Protocol on trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland and not to protect the place of Northern Ireland businesses and consumers in the UK internal market.

Aye: 262 MPs

No: 337 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Absent: 47 MPs

Absents: A-Z by last name

The Committee divided: Ayes 262, Noes 337.

Question accordingly negatived.