When the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement was approved by the EU in January 2020, it was agreed that the European Commission would report annually to the European Parliament (EP) on the implementation and application of the Withdrawal Agreement. This includes the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.
MEPs have insisted that the Protocol be implemented in full; that decisions taken by the Joint Committee are taken under the scrutiny of the EP; and that MEPs are kept fully informed on the application of the Protocol.
Links to EP resolutions concerning the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement and the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) are included below with any sections that refer specifically to the Protocol noted.
Links to the European Commission's annual reports and the EP responses will be included once published.
|28.04.2021||The outcome of EU-UK negotiations: European Parliament resolution of 28 April 2021 on the outcome of EU-UK negotiations (2021/2658(RSP))||Resolution reiterates support for the Protocol [para 6]; raises concerns regarding the operational capacity of the EU presence in Northern Ireland in respect to customs [para. 26]; welcomes the TCA’s specific provisions for road haulage operators in Northern Ireland [para. 49]; underlines the importance of cooperation on energy matters in view of the continuation of Article 9 Protocol [para. 50]; welcomes the continued participation of Northern Ireland students in Erasmus following Ireland’s commitment to finance this [para. 53].|
|29.01.2020||Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community: European Parliament legislative resolution of 29 January 2020 on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (XT 21105/3/2018 – C9-0148/2019 – 2018/0427(NLE)||Resolution simply states EP’s consent to the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement.|