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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (7th Day) (Continued)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:00 pm on 14th March 2018.

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Photo of Lord Adonis Lord Adonis Labour 6:00 pm, 14th March 2018

My Lords, on the question of the Good Friday agreement, did my noble friend notice the significant exchange that took place in the House on Monday between my noble friend Lord Judd and the Minister, the noble Lord, Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth? When my noble friend Lord Judd said,

“could the noble Lord confirm that the amendments to be brought forward by the Government will make absolutely sacrosanct the principle of the preservation of the Good Friday agreement?”,

the noble Lord, Lord Bourne, replied,

“My Lords, I certainly can confirm that”.—[Official Report, 12/3/18; col. 1397.]

So the Government appear to have committed themselves to bringing forward amendments, I assume on Report, to enshrine their obligation to observe the Good Friday agreement.