Borders: Northern Ireland

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 25th April 2019.

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Photo of Lord Empey Lord Empey UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government what alternatives to the Withdrawal Agreement Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland are currently being considered.

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

As part of the deal negotiated, the UK and EU have agreed to consider a joint work stream to develop alternative arrangements to guarantee permanently the absence of a hard border in Northern Ireland. This includes a legally binding commitment that both sides will aim to replace the backstop with alternative arrangements by December 2020 - and that they do not need to replicate the backstop in any respect.

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