Northern Ireland Executive - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:29 am on 13th July 2017.

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Photo of Lord Bew Lord Bew Crossbench 11:29 am, 13th July 2017

My Lords, does the Minister accept that, before the talks get going again in the autumn, there is a strong case for getting together with the Irish Government? The last talks failed in part because the two Governments were far apart on the question of the Irish language and the Irish Government took a strong pro-nationalist line. The success of the Good Friday agreement was ultimately achieved when the two Governments came together, but that came about only as a result of pressure from the British Government. Is there a case for getting together with the Irish Government before the autumn and putting an agreed game plan in place?