Customs Checks

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 14th September 2021.

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Photo of Colm Gildernew Colm Gildernew Sinn Féin 2:30 pm, 14th September 2021

T5. Mr Gildernew asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for an update on the update on the construction of permanent, fit-for-purpose customs checks at the North's ports. (AQT 1555/17-22)

Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP

There is a proposal on that with the Department of Finance. That will go to the Executive for consideration.

Photo of Colm Gildernew Colm Gildernew Sinn Féin

Minister, thank you for your answer. Given that the construction of those facilities is not optional and is, indeed, a requirement of the Withdrawal Act, will you update us on what legal advice you have received on their construction?

Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP

The legal advice is that I should take it to the Executive. It is not my decision to make.