UK Trade with EU: Northern Ireland

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 23rd March 2023.

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Photo of Lord Empey Lord Empey UUP

To ask His Majesty's Government whether Northern Ireland will remain part of the EU Single Market and subject to the rules thereof in the event that the Windsor Framework is implemented.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Northern Ireland is not part of the EU Single Market, it is part of the United Kingdom and its internal market. An absolute minimum (less than 3 percent) of EU law continues to apply in Northern Ireland, to avoid a hard border and maintain Northern Ireland's unique access to the EU market. But alongside this Northern Ireland has full unfettered access to the UK internal market. And under the Windsor Framework, more than 1,700 pages of EU law will be disapplied for UK internal trade. The rules that are disapplied are set out in the legal instruments giving effect to the Windsor Framework.

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