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European Council

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:40 pm on 25th March 2019.

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Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson Conservative, North Shropshire 3:40 pm, 25th March 2019

The European Commission said today that all preparations for no deal had been completed, and last week the Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Chris Heaton-Harris, made it clear in response to the urgent question that good progress had been made by the UK on preparations for no deal. So it is a bit surprising to hear from the Prime Minister that Northern Ireland is “unable” to “prepare properly” because it does not have devolved government. Which areas of Government activity present a problem, and when will they be resolved?