Scottish Parliament’s Europe Committee visits Belfast and Dublin for Irish border discussions post-Brexit


Holyrood’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee is in Dublin Monday (22 January – Tuesday 23 January) to continue its investigations into the Article 50 Withdrawal negotiations. MSPs will hear about a range of issues relating to Ireland and Northern Ireland that are linked to Brexit.

The Committee will meet with the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and learn more about how Brexit could affect key sectors of the Irish economy and trade between the UK, Ireland and the EU.

Joan McAlpine MSP, Convener of the Committee said:

“A core element of the agreement reached under Phase 1 of the Article 50 negotiations related to Ireland and Northern Ireland. We are keen to understand how the provisions in the Joint Report from the EU and the UK Government will be translated into a legal text and what the effect of that agreement could be in practice.

We particularly look forward to discussions with the Committees of the Houses of the Oireachtas on a range of issues relating to Brexit.”

Claire Baker MSP, Deputy Convener of the Committee said:

“Ireland is closely connected with Northern Ireland, Scotland and the rest of the UK through cultural, economic and trading links, not to mention the people that live and travel freely in these countries. We want to learn more about the anticipated effects of EU Withdrawal and how these might be mitigated to preserve the close and growing collaboration between us”.

Background information

The programme is as follows:

Monday 22 January 2018

15:00pm Meeting with John Webster, Head of Scottish Government

Innovation and Investment Hub in Ireland

16:30pm Meeting with Members of the British Irish Chambers of Commerce

Tuesday 23 January 2018

10:30am Courtesy Call with Ceann Comhairle, Houses of the Oireachtas

11:00am Meeting with Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on European Union Affairs, the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.


Information on the Article 50 Withdrawal Negotiations inquiry is available here.

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