As you may be aware, the Foreign Secretary Liz Truss updated the House of Commons yesterday (17 May) on the Government’s intention to introduce legislation to make changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol.

During her statement, the Foreign Secretary reiterated the UK Government’s responsibility to fix issues facing communities in Northern Ireland, including elements of the Protocol that have created barriers between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, while maintaining those elements that preserve North-South trade and cooperation on the island of Ireland.

The detail of the legislation will be brought to Parliament in the coming weeks and will start to progress through the legislative process. The legislation aims to restore the balance of the Protocol – avoiding a hard border, protecting the integrity of the UK and safeguarding the EU Single Market.

This legislation is being introduced alongside the Government seeking to continue negotiations on the Protocol.

Next Steps

  • You do not need to take any action now.
    You can continue to move goods in exactly the same way as you’ve been doing.
  • The Government will be working closely with business as we develop the new arrangements.
    The UK Government wants to work with business representative bodies to ensure that any changes work for the wider business community, ensuring arrangements can operate smoothly to preserve trade and cooperation across the island of Ireland and between Northern Ireland and Great Britain
  • We will give plenty of notice before any changes come into effect.
    The UK Government will give businesses and citizens clarity and certainty about the new arrangements we will put in place. There will not be any changes to how things work without us communicating that to business well in advance.
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