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Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 5:35 pm on 6th December 2018.

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Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire Conservative, East Devon 5:35 pm, 6th December 2018

I did not say you did. I was just suggesting that you cut your teeth there, and I was right.

From all my experience in Northern Ireland, I know the nervousness of the loyalist community about how it is often treated by the Northern Ireland Office and the Foreign Office, both institutions in which I have served. We cannot possibly place part of the United Kingdom in a position that is different from the rest. It would be an appallingly dangerous precedent.

I beg my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, whom I salute for even just standing up at this stage, to try to get us some movement on that part of the deal. If she does, she will find that there are those like me who will feel able to support it. If she does not, she will find herself short of votes next week, as there are those of us who put the Union and the integrity of the Union above all other matters.