Exiting the European Union

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:00 pm on 11th March 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion 10:00 pm, 11th March 2019

Will the Minister confirm whether the unilateral declaration to which he is referring is indeed a so-called conditional interpretive declaration? If it is, what is his response to the fact that in a debate a few weeks ago secured by Sir Edward Leigh, the Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Kwasi Kwarteng, said:

“I must stress that it is not entirely clear…that a conditional interpretive declaration would have the effect that he seeks in allowing the United Kingdom unilaterally to put an end to the backstop”?—[Official Report, 21 February 2019;
Vol. 654, c. 1703-1704.]