Trade: Northern Ireland

Cabinet Office written question – answered at on 5 February 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comments made by Michel Barnier when he spoke at the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute, Queen's University Belfast, on Monday 27 January about access for goods, products and services from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

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The Withdrawal Agreement with the EU respects the territorial integrity of the UK.

It ensures that Northern Ireland remains part of the UK’s customs territory and Northern Ireland’s businesses will have unfettered access to the whole of the UK internal market.

I echo our European ally’s commitment to peace and stability across the island of Ireland. We are firmly committed to peace in Northern Ireland and to upholding the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.

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