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Irish Border: Checks and Customs Arrangements - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:20 pm on 1st October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Murphy of Torfaen Lord Murphy of Torfaen Labour 3:20 pm, 1st October 2019

My Lords, if there is an ounce of truth in the reports today that the Government’s technical non-paper, or indeed a real paper, dealing with the Irish border is suggesting physical infrastructure or indeed anything that currently does not exist at the border, does the Minister accept that that could compromise the Good Friday agreement, that it flies in the face of the joint declaration of 2017 and that it would break the law as outlined in Section 10(2)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018? Can he categorically tell the House that no such proposals have been considered?