Leaving the EU

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:47 pm on 9th July 2018.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 3:47 pm, 9th July 2018

As the right hon. Gentleman has invited me to do, let me say that I am happy to say that I continue to reject the protocol proposal of the so-called backstop put forward by the European Commission earlier this year. The fact that it would have effectively carved Northern Ireland away from the rest of the UK and kept it in the customs union and most of the single market would have meant that border down the Irish sea—that is completely unacceptable to the Government of the UK.