The land border between Northern Ireland and Ireland Contents

Formal minutes

Tuesday 13 March 2018

Members present:

Dr Andrew Murrison, in the Chair

Mr Gregory Campbell

Mr Robert Goodwill

John Grogan

Lady Hermon

Kate Hoey

Nigel Mills

Ian Paisley

Jim Shannon

Draft Report (The land border between Northern Ireland and Ireland), proposed by the Chair, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 97 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 98 read, as follows:

We welcome the Government’s intention to agree an implementation period. The current negotiating timeline means, in our view, it would be challenging to expect full implementation of a new, non-visible, customs regime by March 2019. We have seen no evidence to suggest that, right now, an invisible border is possible. To provide adequate time for new customs processes to be put in place, the UK may need to remain in or parallel to the Customs Union and Single Market for a finite period. During this implementation period, we call upon the Government to work closely with counterparts in Ireland and the EU to develop an innovative border system capable of delivering customs compliance without traditional physical infrastructure at the border.”

Amendment proposed, to leave out “for a finite” and insert “throughout the implementation”.—(Nigel Mills.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 5

Noes, 2

Mr Gregory Campbell

Mr Robert Goodwill

Kate Hoey

Nigel Mills

Ian Paisley

John Grogan

Lady Hermon

Question accordingly agreed to.

Another Amendment proposed, after ‘period’ to insert “or indeed indefinitely”.—(John Grogan.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 1

Noes, 6

John Grogan

Lady Hermon

Mr Gregory Campbell

Mr Robert Goodwill

Kate Hoey

Nigel Mills

Ian Paisley

Question accordingly negatived.

Paragraph 98, as amended, agreed to.

Paragraphs 99 to 153 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Second Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chair make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That embargoed copies of the Report be made available, in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 134.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 14 March at 9.15am





Published: 16 March 2018