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Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: May I start by paying tribute to Lord Melchett who, when he was in the House of Commons, was Peter Melchett? He did outstanding service to the nation when he was here. Indeed, he was a Minister of State in the Northern Ireland Office in 1976. May I also say, Mr Speaker, that in the past 36 hours or so in Northern Ireland there have been three car crashes, which have taken the lives of four...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I make it absolutely clear to the hon. Lady that it is our intention that there will be no hard border and no physical infrastructure. The people of this country voted in the referendum, and this Government’s intention is to make sure that we are not part of the single market or the customs union. The whole United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland, will be leaving those two institutions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: As far as the referendum is concerned, it was not a regional referendum but a national referendum, and the people of the United Kingdom took a decision to leave. On the hon. Gentleman’s second point, let me make it absolutely clear that we are committed to ensuring that the devolved Administration is up and running again. We are working very hard to ensure that that happens. He should...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I assure my hon. Friend that we are in regular contact with all stakeholders in Northern Ireland, including the police. There is detailed planning for a no-deal scenario, but we very much hope that that will not be the case.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for putting that point at the forefront of our proceedings following the recess. He is absolutely right: Michel Barnier made the commitment; and the European Union and Britain signed up to the joint report in December. We intend to hold him to it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I assure the right hon. Gentleman that we will issue guidance in the future. We are working on it at the moment and working with all the stakeholders. It will be forthcoming in the not-too-distant future, I hope.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I assure the right hon. Gentleman that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State spoke to the Chief Constable this morning. We are in regular dialogue and we are considering the proposals that he has put forward. That is what I can say. We hope to come up with a solution in due course.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: It is important to remember that 58% of the external sales of Northern Ireland—over £14 billion—is with the rest of the United Kingdom. That is four times more than its trade with Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: Clearly we have a responsibility as a Government to business people in respect of what we will do or what we intend to do, but we cannot speak for other countries. It therefore of course makes eminent sense for businesses in Northern Ireland that do deals across the border to consult so that they find out what is happening with other EU countries. The UK Government cannot speak for the Irish...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: My hon. Friend makes a very good point. We are leaving the European Union as four nations. It is absolutely clear that the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom will not in any way be compromised. In our negotiations with the European Union, we speak as the United Kingdom, not as any specific one of the four nations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: First, I congratulate the hon. Lady on her appointment to the shadow Northern Ireland Office team. We look forward to working with her in a constructive way. It is important that we speak up for Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom as we leave the European Union. The hon. Lady talks about tourism. More people visit Northern Ireland now than before. They are spending more money...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Inward Investment (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: Northern Ireland has proven itself to be a top destination for inward investment from companies from the rest of the UK and also from overseas. Over 900 companies worldwide have invested in Northern Ireland, and I welcome this week’s announcement that PA Consulting will be creating 400 new jobs in Belfast. I firmly believe, however, that Northern Ireland can do even better, and we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Inward Investment (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: One of the fastest routes to a strong economy is through a healthy, growing export economy. The Northern Ireland Office is working with Departments across Whitehall, including the Department for International Trade, to maximise UK Government initiatives such as the GREAT campaign and the recently launched export strategy to promote exporters and help them to realise their potential. My right...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Inward Investment (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I am delighted to be able to give some very good news to the hon. Lady: in July US company Allstate, which is one of the many companies that are investing in Northern Ireland, opened Northern Ireland’s largest single office development for 15 years, investing £30 million. Allstate employs around 2,200 people in sites in Belfast, Derry and Strabane so, notwithstanding the present...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Sporting Events: Representation (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The people of Northern Ireland have a proud history of sporting achievements gained while representing both the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is for individual athletes, subject to the rules of their respective sport’s governing body, to decide which country they wish to represent. This Government are wholly supportive of this choice being maintained.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Sporting Events: Representation (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: First, I pay tribute to the hon. Lady, who I know has taken a passionate interest in this subject; we have talked about it before. She will of course be aware that Northern Ireland has won serious medals at the Commonwealth games for boxing. The issue itself is a devolved matter, and is also an issue for individual athletes and their governing sporting bodies to take up. As far as the boxing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Sporting Events: Representation (5 Sep 2018)

Shailesh Vara: As I say, if people have the merit to represent their country, there is no reason why they should not, subject to the rules of the governing body of their sport.

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill (9 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The House will recall that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State said in her opening remarks that this Bill is a limited but necessary intervention in Northern Ireland in the continued absence of an Executive. The Bill will put her Northern Ireland budget statement earlier this year in March on to a legal footing and provide the necessary certainty and legal authority for Northern...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill (9 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. The families have the daily worry and concern of their loved ones going out to make sure that the rest of community can get about safely, and it is quite right that they too are recognised and acknowledged. May I take this opportunity to welcome the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North (Gavin Newlands) to his post? I add my good wishes to...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill (9 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The hon. Gentleman raises a very good point, and I will tell him why. The last time we moved to direct rule, it lasted five years, and the time before that, it lasted 25 years. The move towards direct rule is a lot easier than the move out of direct rule. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, along with the Prime Minister, will therefore leave no stone unturned in trying to get a...


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