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BIPA European Affairs Committee to look at impact of Brexit on British-Irish relations

Added 5-Jul-2016

Committee B (European Affairs) of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA) has launched an inquiry to examine the effects on British-Irish relations of the UK leaving the EU. The inquiry will build on previous work done by the Committee on the future of visa systems, looking at the future of the Common Travel Area and Schengen. It will also consider the impact on Ireland’s influence in the EU and their role in Article 50 negotiations.

On launching the inquiry, Andrew Rosindell, Chair of Committee B, commented:

“With the dust still settling on the UK’s decision to leave the EU, it is important that we investigate the impact this will have on relations between Ireland, the UK and its constituent nations and territories. We hope to provide a valuable perspective, from representatives of either side of the border and across the political spectrum, to help ensure that the excellent relationship developed over recent years is maintained.”

The committee invites evidence on the following issues:

  • Implications for the Common Travel Area, Schengen and visa policy (following up on the Committee’s recent report on this subject which is available here). 
  • Effect on Irish influence in the EU and decision making within the EU institutions.
  • Article 50 negotiations and the role of Ireland. 
  • Effect on the Crown Dependencies and Gibraltar.


The Committee welcomes evidence from members of the public, governments at national, regional and devolved level; the EU institutions and other EU Member States; and any other interested parties and stakeholders. Written evidence should be sent to by 10 October 2016.

Media enquiries to: 

London: George Perry +44 7917 488 489
Dublin: Nuala Walsh m. +353 86 410 0898 

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