Northern Ireland Protocol: Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee Decisions and declarations of 17 December 2020 Contents


1 Introduction


Purpose of the Report

2 Agricultural subsidies



3 Errors and omissions


The Joint Committee Decision

Addition of new EU legal acts to Annex 2 of the Protocol

Directive (EU) 2019/904 on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (Single-Use Plastics Directive’)

Directive 2011/91/EU on indications or marks identifying the lot to which a foodstuff belongs

Council Directive 66/401/EEC of 14 June 1966 on the marketing of fodder plant seed

Council Directive 98/56/EC of 20 July 1998 on the marketing of propagating material of ornamental plants

Council Directive 2008/72/EC of 15 July 2008 on the marketing of vegetable propagating and planting material, other than seed

Council Regulation (EC) No 111/2005 laying down rules for the monitoring of trade between the Union and third countries in drug precursors

Regulation 2019/880 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the introduction and the import of cultural goods

Regulation (EU) 2019/287 of the European Parliament and of the Council implementing bilateral safeguard clauses and other mechanisms allowing for the temporary withdrawal of preferences in certain trade agreements concluded between the European Union and third countries

Deletion of two EU acts from Annex

Regulation (EC) No 443/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 setting emissions performance standards for new passenger cars as part of the Community’s integrated approach to reduce CO2 emissions from light-duty vehicles

Regulation (EU) No 510/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2011 setting emission performance standards for new light commercial vehicles as part of the Union’s integrated approach to reduce CO2 emissions from light-duty vehicles

Conclusions and questions

Drug precursors

Trade-related instruments

4 ‘At risk goods’


Application of EU tariffs to trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Other easements or waivers for goods not “at risk”

Conclusions and questions

Transparency of the impact of Articles 5(1) and (2) of the Protocol on internal UK Trade

UK Trader Scheme under Article 3 of Joint Committee Decision 4/

Duty waiver and reimbursement schemes under Article 5(6) of the Protocol

Further easements of goods not considered ‘at risk’ under Article 5(1) and (2)

5 Practical working arrangements



6 UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement: Members of the arbitration panel


Our assessment

Select observations

Government’s view and questions

7 Unilateral EU declaration on EU state aid rules under the Protocol


The scope of Article 10 of the Protocol

The EU’s unilateral declaration on Article

Possibility of litigation under Article 10 of the Protocol

Conclusions and questions

8 UK unilateral declaration on exit formalities on trade from Northern Ireland to Great Britain

Conclusions and questions

Conclusions and questions

Annex: Letter to the Foreign Secretary (Rt Hon. Dominic Raab MP) and Minister of State at the Cabinet Office (Lord Frost)

Formal minutes

Standing Order and membership

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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