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Irish Border: Customs Arrangements

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:41 pm on 1st October 2019.

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Photo of Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Labour, Wolverhampton South East 12:41 pm, 1st October 2019

I want to take the Minister back to the question asked by my hon. Friend Ms Eagle about the Government’s obligations to obey the law and abide by legislation passed by the House. Section 10 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 says that Ministers must

“have due regard to the joint report from the negotiators…during phase 1”— in December 2017—and that nothing in the Act

“authorises regulations which…create or facilitate border arrangements…which feature physical infrastructure, including border posts, or checks and controls, that did not exist before exit day”.

He has told us to discount reports from RTÉ overnight that suggest that the Government were planning infrastructure a few miles from the border. Would he regard such physical infrastructure a few miles back from the border as incompatible with the legislation this House has passed?