Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:49 pm on 1st April 2019.

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Photo of Nicholas Boles Nicholas Boles Conservative, Grantham and Stamford 5:49 pm, 1st April 2019

Mr Speaker is glaring at me, so I am not going to take any more interventions until I am much closer to the end of my speech.

We all in this House would much prefer to avoid the activation of the Irish backstop. One of the great advantages of common market 2.0 is that it keeps all parts of the UK in the single market and in a customs arrangement, with a common external tariff, until alternative arrangements have been agreed with the EU. It should be possible to agree with the EU a legally binding joint interpretative statement, enshrining the commitment that the backstop protocol will be superseded in full once the UK is safely inside the EEA and a customs arrangement. Common market 2.0 is the only Brexit compromise that can make the Irish backstop fall away altogether.