Northern Ireland

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:17 pm on 26th June 2017.

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Photo of Stella Creasy Stella Creasy Labour/Co-operative, Walthamstow 4:17 pm, 26th June 2017

Let me explain to the Minister why there is concern on this side of the House about these women from Northern Ireland. This is not a devolved matter; it is about when they come to our shores as UK taxpayers and their ability to use UK services. I note that the official agreement says that the Government and the DUP are committed

“to providing health services which meet the needs of everyone, no matter who they are or where they live.”

It does not seem like that when it comes to these women. Will the Minister confirm whether the question of their access to abortion in England, or the fact that Northern Irish laws on abortion have been found to violate the UK’s human rights responsibilities, were discussed as part of the negotiations? Did the Government make any commitment to the DUP about when this matter comes to the House? Are Northern Irish women simply expected to pay the price of what feels like a forced marriage?