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House of Lords

The House of Lords plays a prominent role in parliamentary scrutiny of the post-Brexit UK-EU relationship and the implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

It has particularly responsibilities given that the current UK minister responsible for UK-EU relations and the UK co-chair of the UK-EU Joint Committee, David Frost, is a member of the House of Lords. As such, it is on the floor of the House of Lords, not the House of Commons, that Frost, can answer parliamentary questions. 

The House of Lords committee with primary responsibility for scrutinizing the post-Brexit UK-EU relationship is the European Affairs Committee set up in April 2021 following a review of scrutiny arrangements. 

A dedicated Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland Sub-committee has also been established, albeit on a temporary with a review to be held in November 2022.

The work of the European Affairs Committee can be accessed here. The work of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland Sub-committee can be accessed here. Key activities relating to the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland are listed below.

The European Affairs Committee replaced the European Union Committee which, prior to April 2021, had been paying particular attention to the implementation of the Protocol as evidenced by its work here, especially its regular correspondence with the UK government and evidence sessions. Key activities relating to the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland are listed below. 

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Date ActivityNotes
25.03.2021 House of Lords Ministerial Questions to David Frost: Northern Ireland and Great Britain - Trade  
25.03.2021 House of Lords Ministerial Questions to David Frost - Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland   
09.03.2021 European Union Committee  Oral Evidence: Future UK‑EU relations: governance - Michael Gove  
01.06.2020 European Union Committee  Report: The Protocol on Ireland/ Northern IrelandGovernment Response