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Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Cross-border Trade (7 Feb 2018)

Karen Bradley: I have regular conversations with the Irish Government on a range of issues. We both recognise the importance of the trade that takes place across the island of Ireland, which is worth some £4 billion to the Northern Ireland economy. Equally, though, we must not forget the importance of the GB markets to Northern Ireland, where sales are worth some £14.6 billion. We are committed to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Cross-border Trade (7 Feb 2018)

Karen Bradley: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union has dealt with the issues concerning the leaked report. It is important to state that the UK Government want to achieve a good deal for the whole United Kingdom that protects the economic integrity of the United Kingdom.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Cross-border Trade (7 Feb 2018)

Karen Bradley: The United Kingdom Government have been clear that we do not want to see a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. The Irish Government have said the same, as has the European Commission. I think it is clear that we will make sure there is no hard border.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Cross-border Trade (7 Feb 2018)

Karen Bradley: I thank my hon. Friend, the Chair of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee. He will know that I have been working extraordinarily hard over the last few weeks on talks, and I will address those matters when I answer Questions 4, 5 and others. The important point is that for Northern Ireland’s voice to be heard in the way the Scottish and Welsh voices are heard, we need a devolved...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Cross-border Trade (7 Feb 2018)

Karen Bradley: We are clear that the economic and constitutional unity of the United Kingdom is fundamental to all we are doing, and we are determined to ensure that the UK single market—the most important single market to Scotland and to Northern Ireland—is retained.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Cross-border Trade (7 Feb 2018)

Karen Bradley: The hon. Gentleman puts his point more eloquently than I could ever dream of.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Cross-border Trade (7 Feb 2018)

Karen Bradley: The reality is that a good deal is a win-win for everybody—not just Ireland but all the EU27 member states. Not having that is a lose-lose; nobody benefits from not having a good deal.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Cross-border Trade (7 Feb 2018)

Karen Bradley: The hon. Lady makes the point that there are unique circumstances in Northern Ireland—unique anywhere across the whole of Europe—and those unique circumstances have to be reflected. The UK Government’s intention is to resolve the matter of north-south trade—and east-west trade—through the overall UK-EU agreement, but we are absolutely determined to make sure that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Cross-border Trade (7 Feb 2018)

Karen Bradley: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his warm words. I too pay tribute to my predecessor, who I am pleased to say is recovering well at home. I know the whole House wishes him well, wishes him a speedy recovery and looks forward to welcoming him back to this Chamber. The hon. Gentleman refers to the matter of the border. We are determined that there will be no new physical infrastructure at the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Devolved Government (7 Feb 2018)

Karen Bradley: With your permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to update the House on the talks, so I ask for your forbearance while I give an answer that is slightly longer than usual. Over the past weeks, the political parties—particularly the Democratic Unionist party and Sinn Féin—have engaged in discussions on the key issues that remain to be resolved. They have done so with the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Devolved Government (7 Feb 2018)

Karen Bradley: I gently say to the hon. Gentleman, who is greatly distinguished in this area and knows Northern Ireland politics well, that we are at a very sensitive stage in discussions. I have been committed to making no running commentary on the talks while they are ongoing. There have been very intense and detailed discussions. I believe that we can reach an outcome, but I will do nothing that might...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Devolved Government (7 Feb 2018)

Karen Bradley: I was clear at the outset that the talks would take weeks, not months. We have been in intensive discussions for two weeks now, and I hope to see the matter resolved as soon as possible.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Devolved Government (7 Feb 2018)

Karen Bradley: I firmly agree that, after almost 12 months without devolved government, we absolutely need to have the Stormont institutions back up and running. The people of Northern Ireland voted for their politicians, and it is incumbent on those politicians to deliver. However, we respect the fact that this is a cross-party and cross-community resolution, as set out in the Belfast agreement. As I have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Devolved Government (7 Feb 2018)

Karen Bradley: I apologise; I would very much like to give Members much more explicit and detailed answers, but that would simply not be appropriate at this stage. However, as before, I commit to returning to the House as and when I have something concrete to say on the matter.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Devolved Government (7 Feb 2018)

Karen Bradley: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his comments—he and I have discussed this issue. He will know that my predecessor took action on the matter, and obviously I have had discussions with the civil service in Northern Ireland. I have met some very dedicated public servants who are doing their best to deliver, but in the absence of devolved government that is becoming increasingly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Devolved Government (7 Feb 2018)

Karen Bradley: I think this shows that it is incumbent on everyone in public life to think very carefully about the words they use in public and the way they may be interpreted.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Devolved Government (7 Feb 2018)

Karen Bradley: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his comments. As I said, I do not wish to say anything at this stage—I know it is frustrating for all that I cannot say more, and I am frustrated too—but I will come to this House and make a full statement as and when I am able to. Equal marriage is clearly a devolved issue and quite rightly should be legislated for in Stormont. That is the right...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Devolved Government (7 Feb 2018)

Karen Bradley: The talks have resumed. They are detailed and intense. The parties are engaged and are working late into the night most nights to reach a resolution. I think that the politicians in Northern Ireland understand the frustration of the people of Northern Ireland and want to deliver for them, but there are differences that need to be overcome. I am doing everything I can to try to get a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Devolved Government (7 Feb 2018)

Karen Bradley: All parties have been included within the talks process since 24 January. I have met all the main party leaders on a number of occasions, including at the roundtable on Monday, and we are due to hold another one later this week. The hon. Lady will understand that unless the two big parties—the Democratic Unionist party and Sinn Féin—can reach an agreement, we are not able to...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Channel 4 (21 Dec 2017)

Karen Bradley: We have been clear all along that this is a publicly owned broadcaster. Channel 4 must provide for and reflect the country as a whole. We are still in discussions with Channel 4 about how it should do this, including through relocating staff out of London, and we will set out next steps in due course.


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