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DHSC webinar on NI protocol

23 July 2021

The Department of Health and Social Care will be running a webinar on Tuesday 27 July at 10:30-11:00am following the Command Paper published on the Northern Ireland Protocol.

The webinar will feature Matthew Harpur, Deputy Director of the Goods Team at DHSC and David Simmons, Director of Supply Resilience.

Published this week, the Command Paper outlines how the NI Protocol "is not working in its current form or delivering on its objectives". It states that the Protocol "will not be scrapped" but that "significant changes" are needed for a sustainable "new balance" in the UK-EU relationship. 

The paper makes it clear that the Government has considered the case for triggering Article 16 (which gives the UK and EU unilateral power to take measures if the Protocol gives rise to ‘serious economic, societal or environmental difficulties that are liable to persist, or to diversion of trade") and believes that there are "clear grounds to justify using it". 

 

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Read the Command Paper press release

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