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Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Border Policing (20 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: Clause 43 of the December joint report makes it absolutely clear that there will be no physical infrastructure or related checks and controls on the border. As for the use of technology, the hon. Gentleman will be aware that the details of a potential solution have yet to be worked out.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Border Policing (20 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I do not accept the hon. Gentleman’s analysis. The fact is that the Northern Ireland economy is doing very well, with the lowest unemployment rate in the country, and exports are increasing. On the single market and the customs union, let me be absolutely clear: the people of the United Kingdom collectively voted to leave the EU, and that includes the customs union and the single market.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Border Policing (20 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: My hon. Friend is absolutely correct. We need to have a comprehensive economic agreement with the European Union. That is possible, and I very much hope that all parties will work towards it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Border Policing (20 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I can assure the hon. Lady that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State spoke with the Chief Constable this morning about the European arrest warrant. We very much hope to have, as the Prime Minister has suggested, a UK-EU security treaty that will be all-embracing and bespoke. As the GCHQ director Jeremy Fleming said this morning, it is important to recognise that four European countries...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Border Policing (20 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: One of the dividends of the Belfast agreement is that we no longer have physical checks, along with security installations, at the border.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Article 50 Negotiations (20 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: There is regular engagement by the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union with the EU’s chief negotiator, and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland hopes to have a meeting with the chief negotiator for the EU very soon.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Article 50 Negotiations (20 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that we do not give a running commentary on all the meetings we have, but he should be aware that there is certainly a backstop and it will last until the end of December 2021.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Article 50 Negotiations (20 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: May I just say that the European Commission has agreed, in the joint report it signed in December, that there will be no hard border—no physical infrastructure on the border? It is also incumbent on us to make sure that the details of the Belfast agreement are met, which means ensuring that there is not a hard border.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Article 50 Negotiations (20 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: As I said earlier, we will not be giving an ongoing commentary on all our meetings. However, I can assure the hon. Gentleman that we have the implementation period until the end of December 2020, and then the backstop agreement, but only if that is required under specific circumstances, and no more.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Agricultural Sector (20 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I recognise how fundamental agriculture is to Northern Ireland economically, socially and culturally. The Secretary of State and I are fully committed to ensuring that, as negotiations progress, the unique interests of Northern Ireland are protected and advanced. We want to take the opportunities that leaving brings to reform the UK’s agricultural policy and ensure we make the most of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Agricultural Sector (20 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The hon. Gentleman is right: agriculture and farming is a massive industry in Northern Ireland. Some 49,000 people are employed in the sector and there are 25,000 farms. What I will say to him is that if we can get that overall economic framework with the EU through negotiations, the tariffs he refers to will not apply.

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (24 May 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I take this opportunity to thank my hon. Friend and his Committee colleagues for their report. The Government will respond in the usual way. I will make just one point: I hope that he agrees that it is appropriate that we give a huge thank you to David Sterling, the head of the Northern Ireland civil service, to all his permanent secretaries and indeed the entire Northern Ireland civil...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Child Tax Credit (9 May 2018)

Shailesh Vara: May I start by paying tribute to Stephen Neil Heaney, who tragically died while taking part in the Belfast city marathon a few days ago? I think that the whole House will join me in conveying our deepest sympathies and condolences to his family and friends. The implementation process for child tax credit is a devolved matter in Northern Ireland. To protect claimant confidentiality, the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Child Tax Credit (9 May 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The hon. Lady raises a sensitive issue, which is being treated sensitively by all concerned. She will appreciate that criminal law is a devolved matter, but I can assure her that in the 50 years since 1967, when section 5 was introduced, no prosecutions for failing to report a rape case took place. The outgoing Director of Public Prosecutions has said that it would be highly unlikely that one...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Child Tax Credit (9 May 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right that we should deal with this in a sensitive manner. I am of course more than happy to engage with relevant stakeholders, and to meet him and any others he wishes to bring along.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Child Tax Credit (9 May 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I repeat what I said earlier: this is a devolved matter. We have to respect—[Interruption.] The hon. Lady in particular, given that she is a Scottish National party Member, will want to respect the rights of the devolved Assemblies. Criminal law is a devolved issue in Northern Ireland. I say again that there have been no prosecutions at all as regards the rape issue in the 50 years...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Inward Investment (9 May 2018)

Shailesh Vara: With support from this Government, Northern Ireland stands among the UK’s most popular inward investment destinations. We have increased the block grant in real terms, proposed a city deal for Belfast, with more to follow, and created business opportunities through our industrial strategy. Ultimately, however, political stability is key to economic growth, and that means a restored...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Inward Investment (9 May 2018)

Shailesh Vara: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. He is right to point out the importance of small and medium-sized businesses, which do a fantastic job in Northern Ireland and contribute a huge amount to the local economy. I have met many of those small businesses, and I have nothing but praise for them. They have contributed towards the 52,000 more jobs and 12,300 more businesses since 2010. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Inward Investment (9 May 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I am afraid that the hon. Lady should deal with facts rather than what analyses say. If she took an interest in what the Belfast Telegraph has to say, she would have read on Wednesday 2 May the inside-page headline, “Top US software firm to create 50 new jobs in Belfast investment”. My hon. Friend the Member for Braintree (James Cleverly) has welcomed the new Bombardier...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Inward Investment (9 May 2018)

Shailesh Vara: My right hon. Friend makes some very good points. He will be aware of the ongoing discussion about the consultation, but he will appreciate that I will not make any further commitments at this stage.


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