European Union (Withdrawal) Acts

David Hanson Excerpts
Saturday 19th October 2019

(11 months, 2 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Exiting the European Union
Keir Starmer Portrait Keir Starmer - Hansard
19 Oct 2019, 12:26 p.m.

I agree, and that is a point that I will develop. In recognition of the previous Prime Minister, although she said that, I always felt that she had a profound sense of public duty, that she properly recognised the real risks of no deal, and that ultimately she would not have taken us there. I do not have that trust in the current Prime Minister.

David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) Hansard
19 Oct 2019, 12:27 p.m.

Will my right hon. and learned Friend explore further the customs checks issue? If a lorry leaves Dumfries or north Wales for Northern Ireland, and its ultimate destination is the Republic of Ireland, where and when will the customs checks take place?

Keir Starmer Portrait Keir Starmer - Hansard
19 Oct 2019, 12:27 p.m.

There have to be checks, and they have to be done at the border with England, Scotland and Wales, or Northern Ireland—there is no getting away from that. The argument that the Prime Minister tried to deploy earlier that he is not putting a border in the Irish sea is just wrong—it is absolutely wrong. Any goods that do not fall within the restricted category of goods proven not to be going any further than Northern Ireland and not to be going into manufacturing will be subject to checks, because that is the test written into the deal.