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Brexit: Preparations - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:11 pm on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Caine Lord Caine Conservative 7:11 pm, 21st October 2019

My Lords, I welcome what my noble friend said about decision-making powers in Northern Ireland, which a number of us raised with him a fortnight ago. Can he confirm that while there might be obligations on Her Majesty’s Government to consult the Irish Government under the terms of the 1998 British-Irish agreement, the decision to introduce direct rule is a matter for Her Majesty’s Government and this Parliament alone?