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Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 11:51 am on 6th December 2018.

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Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous Conservative, South West Bedfordshire 11:51 am, 6th December 2018

On Tuesday, the House of Commons Library wrote to me to say:

“The backstop comes into force automatically, if the Withdrawal Agreement is signed, at the end of the transition period.”

This morning, the Prime Minister said:

“If we get to the point where it might be needed, we have a choice as to what we do, so we don’t even have to go into the backstop at that point.”

Can the Chancellor help to explain that because there seems to be a variance between those two statements?