Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union

Brexit Issues: Discussion

Photo of Lisa ChambersLisa Chambers (Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I thank Mr. Andrews. He brings to an end all our questions back and forth. On behalf of the committee, I thank the MEPs who attended this afternoon. It has been great to have the engagement. The sentiment echoed right around the virtual room is that, on both sides, we welcome the engagement and would like to see more of it. It helps us better understand what the European Parliament is doing andvice versain terms of what we are doing in the Seanad in looking at and scrutinising matters of importance to the EU. It has been very good. We will look to produce our interim report in July so the engagement we have had today will form a significant part of that process. We thank the MEPs for taking the time to engage with the committee this afternoon on a variety of issues. The questions were very broad and each of the MEPs displayed a really excellent knowledge of all aspects of Brexit, the protocol and everything surrounding that. I thank them for having that information with them.

For committee members, we have a number of issues to discuss to finalise our report, such as dates and other bits and pieces, to make sure we can report on time. I propose to organise a private meeting, possibly next week, to finalise those last few details because there is not enough time this afternoon to go into private session. That brings our meeting to a close. There is no other business. Our next meeting will take place on Monday of next week at 3 p.m. I thank everyone who tuned in from home as well.


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