Belfast Agreement: Brexit

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 9th October 2019.

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Photo of Conor McGinn Conor McGinn Labour, St Helens North

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.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office) (jointly with the Northern Ireland Office)

An error has been identified in the written answer given on 08 October 2019.

The correct answer should have been:

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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Photo of Julian Smith Julian Smith The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

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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