Leaving the European Union - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:23 pm on 26th November 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Meyer Baroness Meyer Conservative 5:23 pm, 26th November 2018

My Lords, given that the head of HMRC, Jon Thompson, has again confirmed that, in the event of no deal, no hard border will be built in Northern Ireland; given that the Prime Minister of Ireland offered the same assurance last month; and given that the backstop remains the main source of dispute in this country over the Prime Minister’s deal, can the Leader of the House help us to understand why there is any need for a backstop at all?