Ports: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 30th April 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to introduce legislation with regard to trade arrangements between ports in Northern Ireland and ports in Great Britain; and when they intend to implement those plans.

Photo of Viscount Younger of Leckie Viscount Younger of Leckie Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

As committed to in the agreed New Decade, New Approach deal, this Government will legislate to guarantee unfettered access for Northern Ireland’s businesses to the whole of the UK internal market, and ensure that this legislation is in force for 1 January 2021.

The Protocol makes clear that Northern Ireland is in, and remains part of, the UK’s customs territory. The Government is committed to implementing the Protocol on Northern Ireland and Ireland and doing so in a way that supports the interests of businesses and the public in Northern Ireland.

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