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Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:36 pm on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Simon Hoare Simon Hoare Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee 10:36 pm, 28th October 2019

I understand that, and no one in the House will doubt my right hon. Friend’s sincerity in relation to that task or the good faith with which he approaches it. However, in the heat and battle of a general election campaign, there is no scope for those discussions to continue and, dare I say it, this could slightly prejudge the outcome. Were there to be a hung Parliament, or if the Labour party were to be in office, the whole thing would change again. Let us be frank: this early general election is not helpful to the timely restoration of Stormont.