Borders: Northern Ireland

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 13th February 2019.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the current budgeting arrangements to cover Brexit arrangements provide sufficient resource to cover the introduction of a technological solution to the Irish border question; and how much they envisage that any such solution might cost on introduction.

Photo of Lord Callanan Lord Callanan Minister of State (Department for Exiting the European Union)

The EU and the UK have agreed in the Political Declaration to work together to exchange information on facilitative arrangements and technologies. The Prime Minister will take the mandate of Parliament forward and seek legally binding changes to the Withdrawal Agreement that deal with concerns on the backstop, while guaranteeing no return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

There are a number of ways to secure a backstop that Parliament can support. We are engaging constructively with the details of proposals.

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