The Northern Ireland Protocol sets out Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit relationship with both the EU and Great Britain. Under the Protocol, Northern Ireland must follow the EU’s rules for bringing goods in and out of the EU while Great Britain sets its own customs and regulatory rules. 


As a result of these changes, new checks and controls are necessary for goods coming from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. 


I wrote to the Government and pressed it to agree a comprehensive veterinary and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) agreement with the EU. This would ensure that the EU and UK have shared standards on animal and plants, allowing reduced border processes for agri-food. 


Click the link below to read in full the response I received from the Brexit Minister, Lord Frost.