Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 9th October 2019.
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To ask Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment the Government has made of the compatibility of the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement with (a) the UK leaving the EU without a deal and (b) the Irish backstop.
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It has not proved possible to respond to the hon Member in the time available before Prorogation.
The UK Government is unconditionally committed to the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement and its successors, and to maintaining the rights of the people of Northern Ireland and North-South Cooperation in all circumstances, whatever the outcome of Brexit.
The Government wants and is working to achieve a new deal with the EU. However, the Government’s position is that a no deal EU Exit would not be a breach of the provisions of the Belfast Agreement.
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