October European Council - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:04 pm on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of Lord Kerr of Kinlochard Lord Kerr of Kinlochard Crossbench 6:04 pm, 22nd October 2018

Will the Minister explain how our commitment to maintain full alignment with the rules of the internal market and the customs union, which now or in the future support north/south co-operation, the all-Ireland economy and the protection of the 1998 agreement, can be discharged by a short extension of the implementation period? That is a timeless commitment. Can the Minister quote any precedent for an EU negotiation of a wide-ranging association, including a trade relationship, with any third country that has been completed, ratified and come into force within three years?