Northern Ireland Protocol

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 7th June 2022.

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Photo of Claire Hanna Claire Hanna Social Democratic and Labour Party, Belfast South

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many technical meetings representatives of the Government have attended with the EU on the Northern Ireland Protocol since October 2021.

Photo of Claire Hanna Claire Hanna Social Democratic and Labour Party, Belfast South

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will provide details of what items in respect of the Northern Ireland Protocol have been discussed in technical meetings between representatives of the Government and EU since October 2021.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Minister for Europe)

The Foreign Secretary, as UK Co-chair of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee, and her predecessor Lord Frost met their EU counterpart, Vice President Maroš Šefčovič on 26 occasions since September 2021 to discuss the Northern Ireland Protocol. This also includes one meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee on 21 February 2022. These discussions were supported by approximately 300 hours of negotiations over 6 months by UK and EU officials, covering sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS), customs, VAT and excise, goods, subsidy control, medicines, and governance.

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