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Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: EU Withdrawal Agreement (12 Dec 2018)

Karen Bradley: May I start by putting on record my thanks to my hon. Friend the Member for North West Cambridgeshire (Mr Vara), the former Minister? The withdrawal agreement is the best way for Northern Ireland and the whole United Kingdom to ensure that we leave the European Union. It protects all the things that we value in Northern Ireland—the constitutional and economic integrity of the UK, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: EU Withdrawal Agreement (12 Dec 2018)

Karen Bradley: I stand by the comments that I made in the letter. This is the best deal to ensure that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union as one united kingdom. The Prime Minister, though, has recognised the concerns that there rightly are around the backstop, and she is seeking to address those concerns.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: EU Withdrawal Agreement (12 Dec 2018)

Karen Bradley: We all want to see the Executive back up and running, and we want to see the institutions in place. The Good Friday agreement achieved so much for the people of Northern Ireland and those institutions are such an integral part of them. I know that the politicians in Northern Ireland do want to come back to do that. I think the hon. Lady is referring to the Stormont lock in paragraph 50 of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: EU Withdrawal Agreement (12 Dec 2018)

Karen Bradley: I think that it is clear that this Government want to see us go into the future relationship with the European Union by 31 December 2020 and that the backstop is an insurance policy that none of us wants to see activated.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: EU Withdrawal Agreement (12 Dec 2018)

Karen Bradley: The hon. Gentleman does not understand the way that the common travel area works today and the fact there is free movement across the island of Ireland for all citizens and nationalities. Of course there is a good working relationship between the Border Force agencies in Northern Ireland and their equivalents in the Republic, so that we can ensure that those who do not have the right to be in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: EU Withdrawal Agreement (12 Dec 2018)

Karen Bradley: The hon. Gentleman is quite right that the European arrest warrant is used in Northern Ireland more than anywhere else in the United Kingdom, and it is an incredibly important instrument. I hope that he has read the political declaration that accompanies the withdrawal agreement, which is clear that in the future security partnership we will have a deeper relationship with the European Union...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: EU Withdrawal Agreement (12 Dec 2018)

Karen Bradley: The people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Nearly 17.5 million people in the United Kingdom, including people in the hon. Gentleman’s constituency and mine, voted to leave the European Union. The people of Northern Ireland want to see this deal, because they want to see us leave the European Union in a managed way that is not chaotic and that works for Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: EU Withdrawal Agreement (12 Dec 2018)

Karen Bradley: I have significant engagement with businesses across Northern Ireland, and I have found an absolutely consistent message, which is that those businesses, to protect jobs and to protect the progress that we have made since the Belfast agreement, want to see this deal so that Northern Ireland can leave the European Union, with the whole United Kingdom, in an orderly way. In fact, we were very...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: EU Withdrawal Agreement (12 Dec 2018)

Karen Bradley: My hon. Friend will know that the backstop can be ended, if we go into it in the first place, by the future relationship or by alternative means, and that can of course mean new technology. But at this time there is no technology that deals with the issue of the border in a way that respects the rights of the people of Northern Ireland and respects the Belfast agreement and the way that it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: EU Withdrawal Agreement (12 Dec 2018)

Karen Bradley: I was delighted to find myself on the same aeroplane as the BEIS Committee on its visit to Northern Ireland, and am sure that it heard the same message I hear when I am in Northern Ireland, which is that businesses want certainty and clarity, and would like to see us implement this deal so that we can ensure that we leave the European Union in an orderly way.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: EU Withdrawal Agreement (12 Dec 2018)

Karen Bradley: As I have said, this is the best deal. This is the best way for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union as a whole in an orderly way, but the Prime Minister has recognised and listened to the concerns of the right hon. Gentleman, his colleagues and many others in the House about the backstop, and she is looking to assuage those concerns.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: EU Withdrawal Agreement (12 Dec 2018)

Karen Bradley: I disagree with the right hon. Gentleman that there is a contradiction. I think he is talking about the backstop. We all agree that the backstop is a very uncomfortable thing that none of us wants to see introduced, just as we never want to see any insurance policy called upon, because the fact that it is called upon means that the worst has happened.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: EU Withdrawal Agreement (12 Dec 2018)

Karen Bradley: I trust that the hon. Gentleman is not trying to somehow use the unique situation in Northern Ireland and the success of Northern Ireland to try to impute a special status to Scotland. The fact is that Northern Ireland has a land border with Ireland and therefore will be in an unrivalled position, because it will be the only place that has both a land border with the European Union and access...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: EU Withdrawal Agreement (12 Dec 2018)

Karen Bradley: The hon. Gentleman refers to an important point. This withdrawal agreement is the only agreement that we can guarantee is consistent with the Belfast/Good Friday agreement. He refers to paragraph 50 of the joint report. The Government’s commitments under paragraph 50 still stand, but quite rightly, we do not want to negotiate our sovereign rights, which are a sovereign matter for the United...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: EU Withdrawal Agreement (12 Dec 2018)

Karen Bradley: It is this Government who have inserted in the withdrawal agreement and the political declaration on the future relationship our absolute commitment to the Belfast/Good Friday agreement. It is this Government who are committed to abiding by all our commitments under paragraph 50 of the joint report, including the points about the Stormont lock and unfettered access for Northern Ireland...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: EU Withdrawal Agreement (12 Dec 2018)

Karen Bradley: I have to say that I agree with the hon. Lady. I think putting party politics above the Good Friday agreement and all that we achieved through that is unforgivable.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Legacy Consultation (12 Dec 2018)

Karen Bradley: It is clear that more needs to be done to address the legacy of the past. The current system in Northern Ireland is not working well for anyone. This needs to change to provide better outcomes for victims and survivors of the troubles and to ensure that our armed forces and police officers are not unfairly treated. We are carefully considering all the views received in almost 18,000...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Legacy Consultation (12 Dec 2018)

Karen Bradley: My right hon. Friend raised this case with the Prime Minister last week. I, too, am upset to see this situation. This is a result of the current system that we all want to see changed. I say very gently to my right hon. Friend that I have also wanted to work with him on finding a solution to this, and I look forward to continuing to do so, because there is no one simple solution, but we all...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Legacy Consultation (12 Dec 2018)

Karen Bradley: I can assure the hon. Lady, with whom I have spoken about this matter on a number of occasions, that I work across Government with all colleagues, because we need to find a way to deal with this issue. There is no one simple solution, but we have to have a way to deal with this that is legal, fair and proportionate.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Legacy Consultation (12 Dec 2018)

Karen Bradley: I can absolutely assure my hon. Friend that that is exactly what we are doing. We would not have seen the peace process without the hard work, dedication and dignity of our armed services and our police. They are the reason that we actually were able to have a peace process and we must never forget the sacrifice they made.


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