Social Services: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 16 October 2017.

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Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Labour, Gedling

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the provision of children's services across the border for young people in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Assistant Whip

The Government has consistently made clear our objective of maintaining as seamless and frictionless border as possible so that everyday movements across the border can continue as they do now. This is a desire shared with the EU and with Ireland.

As agreed in the September negotiating round, we are working with the Commission Task Force to do some detailed joint scoping of the issues arising from North-South cooperation that will need to be addressed as part of the Northern Ireland and Ireland strand of the negotiations in the context of the UK's future relationship with the EU.

This Conservative Government is getting on with the job of delivering a Brexit that works for everyone, including young people in Northern Ireland.

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