Early Parliamentary General Election

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:22 pm on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke Father of the House of Commons 6:22 pm, 28th October 2019

Would the right hon. Gentleman accept that this dreadful border down the Irish sea would be avoided if the whole United Kingdom left the customs union and left the single market, which I think his party has always supported? But now that the Prime Minister has gone back on and abandoned that position, would the DUP be prepared to accept the entire United Kingdom staying in the customs union and the single market during the transition period, leaving the whole thing to be negotiated over the next two or three years during that transition period? That would rescue Ulster from the absurd proposal of putting these barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.