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 Margaret Ritchie Margaret Ritchie Social Democratic and Labour Party, South Down 12:39 pm, 24th January 2017

The Secretary of State has said that he wants to preserve the interests of the people of Northern Ireland, and that he understands the peace settlement. We are currently engaged in an election process, which will be quickly followed by negotiations of which Brexit will form an important part. In discussions with the Taoiseach and with the Irish Government, will the Secretary of State ensure that special status for Northern Ireland is considered thoroughly in those negotiations?