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Northern Ireland: Political Developments (28 Mar 2017)

James Brokenshire: With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a statement on recent events in Northern Ireland. Since the Northern Ireland Assembly election on 2 March, I have been engaged in intensive talks with the political parties and the Irish Government, in line with the well established three-stranded approach. There has been one clear purpose: to re-establish an inclusive devolved Administration...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Power-sharing Agreement (15 Mar 2017)

James Brokenshire: The Government are committed to the resumption of devolved government in Northern Ireland, and I believe that the parties and the Irish Government share this commitment. Later today, I will return to Belfast to continue intensive discussions to establish a partnership Executive within the short timeframe available. Progress has been made but it needs to continue, with urgency, if we are to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Power-sharing Agreement (15 Mar 2017)

James Brokenshire: My hon. Friend highlights some of the issues surrounding setting a budget for Northern Ireland, which is a key priority. She highlights the health service, and I pay tribute to all those who work in the health service in Northern Ireland. They do an incredible job. There is a sense of the real potential and opportunity that a new Executive can take forward, and we must equally reflect on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Power-sharing Agreement (15 Mar 2017)

James Brokenshire: I join the right hon. Gentleman in his comments and thoughts about the crew of the Irish helicopter. That is a terrible tragedy and I know that the whole House will share that view. I also join him in condemning the appalling murder that has taken place. I spoke to the PSNI about the case this morning, and I know that it is actively pursuing lines of inquiry. He also highlights the issue of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Power-sharing Agreement (15 Mar 2017)

James Brokenshire: I can certainly confirm that that is the approach that is being taken, which is consistent with the Belfast agreement. The contribution that the Irish Government are making in that context is positive, and we all feel a responsibility to see devolved Government back in place, delivering for Northern Ireland. I know that all the parties recognise that and are working hard to achieve it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Power-sharing Agreement (15 Mar 2017)

James Brokenshire: I can confirm to my hon. Friend that devolved government is the only thing that I am working towards. That is what the people of Northern Ireland voted for and that is what they want to see delivering change for Northern Ireland and having a positive impact on people’s lives. We are approaching that with urgency.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Power-sharing Agreement (15 Mar 2017)

James Brokenshire: The UK Government take their responsibilities seriously in providing political stability, but the focus—the real intent—is on securing an outcome and an agreement in that three-week period. I believe that that is doable and achievable, and it is with that approach, and with good will, that I hope the parties will engage to achieve that outcome. Speculating on alternative...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Power-sharing Agreement (15 Mar 2017)

James Brokenshire: My right hon. Friend highlights a report that was published on that issue over the past week or so. My focus and intent is on getting the parties together to reach an agreement within the three weeks. As I said, I think that that is doable with urgency and a sense of good will. That is what we need to focus on.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Power-sharing Agreement (15 Mar 2017)

James Brokenshire: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his support. I think we share a cross-party approach on the serious issue of ensuring that we get an Executive back in place, delivering for Northern Ireland and following through on commitments and, indeed, the expectations of the public. I hope he will understand that I will not provide a running narrative on the talks, but I can say that I believe progress is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Power-sharing Agreement (15 Mar 2017)

James Brokenshire: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point, and it goes back to the fact that a budget has not been set, which has created uncertainty. We need to see the Executive in place within the three-week timescale, because there could be implications for a range of different issues within Northern Ireland. That is why the community and voluntary sector, the faith community and the business community...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Good Friday Agreement: Institutions (15 Mar 2017)

James Brokenshire: The Government stand firmly behind the institutions of the Belfast agreement and its successors. I have regular discussions with the Irish Government on a range of issues. Our immediate focus, consistent with the Belfast agreement, is working with the parties to resume the devolved Administration.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Good Friday Agreement: Institutions (15 Mar 2017)

James Brokenshire: The hon. Gentleman is right to highlight the strong relationship between the UK Government, the Northern Ireland Executive and the Government of the Republic of Ireland. We stand four-square behind our commitments under the Belfast agreement and its successors, and at EU level I have picked up strong support for the Good Friday/Belfast agreement. We are determined to get the best possible...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Good Friday Agreement: Institutions (15 Mar 2017)

James Brokenshire: My hon. Friend has raised the issue of her constituent on a number of occasions, and I pay tribute to her for her work as a constituency MP. She will understand that I am unable to comment on individual cases, but I can say that the current system for dealing with a range of issues related to legacy is not working for anyone. It is not working for service personnel and it is not working for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Good Friday Agreement: Institutions (15 Mar 2017)

James Brokenshire: Before Christmas there was a good discussion at the North South Ministerial Council on the EU and other related issues. It is important to recognise the institutional framework that we have under the Belfast agreement. That is something we support, and I draw the hon. Gentleman’s attention to the White Paper, which highlighted that support and our recognition of it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Good Friday Agreement: Institutions (15 Mar 2017)

James Brokenshire: We stand behind the Belfast agreement and the principle of consent that is contained within it. The hon. Gentleman will have heard what the Prime Minister said on that issue yesterday. Of course we recognise that there are significant issues, which is why we have said that we do not want to see a return to the borders of the past and that we recognise the desire for an expansive free trade...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Good Friday Agreement: Institutions (15 Mar 2017)

James Brokenshire: I have very much enjoyed and appreciated working with Ambassador Mulhall, whom we wish well in his new and perhaps challenging and exciting role. It is important to underline the strong relationship we have with the Irish Government on a range of issues. We want to see that continuing into the future, and that engagement will be continued with that spirit in mind.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Developments (15 Mar 2017)

James Brokenshire: Nearly 65% of the Northern Ireland electorate voted for continued devolved government. I have seen that endorsed over the past 10 days in a shared willingness among the parties to engage in intensive discussions, acknowledging what is at stake if an Executive are not formed. These are still significant challenges, but I believe that with continued positive intent we can secure a resolution...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Developments (15 Mar 2017)

James Brokenshire: I do recognise that, and my hon. Friend is right to highlight some of the important successes in the Northern Ireland economy. The labour market survey statistics that are out today show 56,000 more jobs since 2010 in Northern Ireland, which highlights what has been achieved and what can be achieved in future with a strong Executive in place.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Developments (15 Mar 2017)

James Brokenshire: I strongly agree with my hon. Friend. The public voted overwhelmingly and clearly, with that increased turnout, for devolved government be put back in place, delivering for Northern Ireland, and I am determined to see that, too.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Developments (15 Mar 2017)

James Brokenshire: Yes, I do. That stability is able to bring about further positive change in Northern Ireland, with further foreign direct investment and more jobs being created. That is what I strongly support, and I know that vision is also shared by the parties.


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