Article 50

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:39 pm on 24th January 2017.

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Photo of Mark Durkan Mark Durkan Social Democratic and Labour Party, Foyle 12:39 pm, 24th January 2017

The judgement’s terms tell us that we should not rely on mere political convention for legal adherence or political confirmation on key matters. That being so, Sewel will be meaningless in the context of the great repeal Bill. Does the Secretary of State recognise that the key constitutional precept of the Good Friday agreement—the principle of consent and the democratic potential for a united Ireland—will have to be explicitly included in any new UK-EU treaty in order to fully reflect the principle that those issues are a matter for the people of Ireland, without external impediment, and to properly reflect the terms of today’s Supreme Court judgment?