UK’s Withdrawal from the EU

Part of Business of the House (Today) – in the House of Commons at 12:19 pm on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union 12:19 pm, 14th February 2019

I am going to make a little progress, and then I will happily take further interventions.

This is also an important issue for European leaders’ positions on whether, if the EU were to make changes to the backstop, that would enable a deal to pass. That is why it is important to the negotiations that a clear message be sent from this House. Colleagues should be in no doubt that the EU will be watching our votes tonight carefully for any sign that our resolve is weakening. We shall not give it that excuse not to engage. Indeed, in the discussions we have been having with European leaders, there is recognition, as reflected by Nigel Dodds, of the shared desire to secure a deal, because the impact of no deal is asymmetric within the EU27. Indeed, that is a part of the discussions that member states are having with the European Commission.