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Part of Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill – in the House of Commons at 1:15 pm on 18th July 2019.

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Photo of John Penrose John Penrose The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office 1:15 pm, 18th July 2019

I will come to broader comments about the background politics in a second, but my hon. Friend has made his point.

I should also point out that, alone among the various amendments that we are discussing, this one has little to do with Northern Ireland and everything to do with Brexit. All the other amendments deal with important issues specific to Northern Ireland: same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland; abortion in Northern Ireland; suicide prevention in Northern Ireland. But not this one.