Brexit: Northern Ireland Backstop - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:00 pm on 19th February 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Chakrabarti Baroness Chakrabarti Shadow Attorney General 3:00 pm, 19th February 2019

My Lords, I would not dream of tempting the Minister into the labyrinth. However, because of the importance of these matters and the anxiety that continuing uncertainty about the backstop is causing to so many people, even beyond this House, will she clarify whether it is still the Government’s policy to ensure a legally binding change to the withdrawal agreement over the backstop—not just an exchange of letters or assurances but a legally binding change to the backstop? As we are told that my opposite, the Attorney-General, is closely involved in negotiations and will soon set out his legal tests to ensure that the backstop cannot be used to trap the UK, will she please tell us a little more?