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CCBS submission to the House of Lords European Affairs Sub-Committee on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland

Posted On: 16 Jun 2022

East-West North-South Northern Ireland

 

The House of Lords European Affairs Sub-Committee on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland published the Centre for Cross Border Studies’ submission as part of its follow up inquiry into the impact of the Protocol. The Committee has conducted this follow-up inquiry into the impact of the socio-economic and political impact of the Protocol, analysing developments since the publication of its introductory report in July 2021, and assessing the current state of play of discussions between the UK and the EU on the future of the Protocol.

The Committee heard oral evidence from a range of sources, including government ministers, representatives of the political parties represented in the Assembly and representatives of business. The written evidence submitted by the Centre for Cross Border Studies has been published along with other contributors.

The Centre’s submission focused on insights gained through our Quarterly Surveys on the conditions for North-South and East-West cooperation and from our discussions as convenor of the Ad-Hoc Group for North-South and East-West Cooperation. The evidence highlighted a generally positive view of the Protocol from those engaged in cooperation and also called for increased engagement with civic society stakeholders over the Protocol and it’s implementation. The submission is the latest example the Centre’s ongoing work to engage with politicians and policy makers to call for increased efforts to maintain and promote cooperation across these islands, and to magnify the voices of civic society.

You can read all evidence submitted to the Committee here. The Committee will publish its report based on the inquiry in the coming months.

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