Jul 20th, 2022
5 mins

On 18th May, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss set out plans for legislation that would allow the UK government to override parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

The Bill, which is currently due to have its 3rd reading in the Commons before being facing the House of Lords included the possibility of introducing a new dual regulatory regime whereby businesses will be able to choose between meeting UK or EU standards when selling goods on the NI market.

Government is undertaking a period of extensive engagement with industry representatives but needs to capture more quantitative and qualitive data on the proposal of dual regulations. The more information they can capture, the more informed the policy development will be.

We would be grateful if BFFF members could spare the time to complete the following survey to provide key evidence to Government on the effects of a dual regulatory regime in North Ireland. The findings of this survey will be used to assess the feasibility of implementing dual regulations and will help Defra, other government departments, and their Ministers to make informed decisions on trade between GB and NI and the delivery of the NI Protocol.

Responses are required by 15th August, if possible, but Defra have indicated that they would be very happy to discuss more flexible timelines to account for summer leave.

The survey can be found here:

You can also read more here

How Defra will use and store any information provided

Defra appreciate that some of this information may be commercially sensitive, and they will manage this information accordingly. Your data will be analysed and securely stored within Defra’s NI Directorate and only shared at an aggregate or anonymised level, ensuring that data providers and their organisations are not identifiable.

Where appropriate, this information may be shared with other Government departments and, as part of negotiations, with the EU. Negotiations with the EU are confidential and the information you provide will therefore not be made public.

In certain circumstances Defra’s NI Directorate may want to use your information for other reasons. If this happens, they will ask you for your explicit consent, explain what it may mean to you and inform you of your rights (including how to exercise your right to withdraw consent).

If you have any comments on how Defra will store and use your data, including requesting to destroy any data you have provided please contact:


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