Ibec Tracker on Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland
The Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland is the mechanism agreed between the EU and the UK to protect the all island economy, the Good Friday Agreement, and the integrity of the EU single market (SM). It is designed to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland in the context of Brexit. Part of the Withdrawal Agreement, it has been ratified by the EU and UK meaning it is a legally binding international treaty. The Protocol applies exclusively to the island of Ireland and will come into force at the end of the transition period, i.e. from 1 January 2021, whether an EU-UK FTA is agreed or not. Implementing the Protocol is a unique and unprecedented challenge. Even with the Protocol and a comprehensive FTA, there will be an impact on business operations on the island of Ireland. There are several outstanding issues where details need to be worked out in the Protocol and related issues, not included in the Protocol, still to be negotiated in the future FTA.
Ibec has developed this tracker to assist business leaders to follow developments on the implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.
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