Leaving the EU: Cross-border Trade

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th February 2018.

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Photo of Steve Pound Steve Pound Shadow Minister (Northern Ireland) 12:00 am, 7th February 2018

May I welcome the glistening new team to the Front Bench? I am sure the whole House agrees with me in saying how pleased we are—we are absolutely delighted—that the Secretary of State’s predecessor is recovering so well from his surgery. May I particularly welcome the Parliamentary Under-Secretary? He is the eighth Minister that I have had the privilege of shadowing; I do not know whether this attrition is anything to do with my personal behaviour, but I plead not guilty.

Now that the new team have had a chance to find their way around, particularly on the border, and they have studied the issue of the electronic border, do they believe that such a frontier is feasible or is it just a fantasy?