European Union (Withdrawal) Act

Part of Business of the House (Today) – in the House of Commons at 4:14 pm on 12th March 2019.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Independent, North Down 4:14 pm, 12th March 2019

I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for giving way. I have enormous regard for him, so I just ask him to confirm whether the Labour party actually supports the backstop. He will know why the Government have argued, and been consistent on the need, for the backstop: to protect the peace process and to protect Northern Ireland and, indeed, the United Kingdom from the consequences of a hard border. Will he therefore confirm that progress has been made? The Prime Minister has been able to get agreement that alternative arrangements will be fast-tracked—my words, not hers—before the end of the transition period.