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Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol

Part of Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons on 18th March 2020.

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Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

I add my good wishes to my hon. Friend Simon Hoare, who is recuperating. I have been in contact with him this morning; understandably, he continues to take a keen interest in the issues of Northern Ireland.

These are unprecedented and challenging times for many sectors. The Chancellor has announced a package of support for business and indicated further measures, if required, for the coming days. I will raise the issue of the specific group mentioned by my right hon. Friend Mr Goodwill with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. I assure my right hon. Friend that my hon. Friend the Minister of State has been dealing with this and met that group recently, and we will continue to take this forward.