Northern Ireland Protocol Debate

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Department: Cabinet Office

Northern Ireland Protocol

Baroness Morgan of Cotes Excerpts
Thursday 21st May 2020

(4 months, 1 week ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord True Portrait Lord True - Hansard

My Lords, I do not agree that facilitating arrangements, which is what is stated in the protocol, necessarily translates into cement. We are looking for light-touch, easy arrangements. I can only repeat what I have said to the House I believe four times already this evening: the position of the UK Government is that it is not necessary for the implementation of our undertakings under the protocol.

Baroness Morgan of Cotes Portrait Baroness Morgan of Cotes (Con) - Hansard

My noble friend has rightly said a number of times that a light-touch approach will be adopted. I know from my work with others on alternative arrangements for avoiding a hard border that administrative processes are perfectly capable of being used. Will he confirm that the processes planned are only administrative and that any import declarations would be in electronic form?

Lord True Portrait Lord True - Hansard

I thank my noble friend and of course I pay tribute to her, as indeed I should have to the noble Lord, Lord Hain, for their contributions over the years to these matters. Yes, I can give my noble friend both those assurances. We hope for, expect and are proposing light administrative procedures of exactly the type she describes.