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Oral Answers to Questions

Mr Gavin Shuker Excerpts
Wednesday 3rd July 2019

(1 year, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Karen Bradley Portrait Karen Bradley - Parliament Live - Hansard
3 Jul 2019, 11:37 a.m.

I absolutely agree with the hon. Lady. We should all reflect on the words that she quoted. She will be pleased to know that, at the last meeting of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference, my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office raised exactly those points with his Irish counterpart. It is important that we do mark this in a spirit of reconciliation, mutual understanding and looking to the future.

Mr Gavin Shuker (Luton South) (Ind) Hansard

2. What recent steps she has taken to facilitate the restoration of devolved government in Northern Ireland. [911625]

Karen Bradley Portrait The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Karen Bradley) - Parliament Live - Hansard
3 Jul 2019, 11:37 a.m.

There has been significant engagement over the past nine weeks with the political parties in Northern Ireland, considering a range of important and difficult issues. Progress has been made, but there are a number of areas of disagreement between the political parties.

Mr Shuker Parliament Live - Hansard
3 Jul 2019, 11:38 a.m.

The Secretary of State’s mapping exercise on the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland revealed 96 areas directly underpinned by or linked to EU law. After Brexit, obviously, these will need to be replaced and shaped by the institutions of Stormont. Given that, does she believe that it would be irresponsible to pursue a no-deal Brexit while the devolved Administration is not in place?

Karen Bradley Portrait Karen Bradley - Parliament Live - Hansard

My focus is on getting the devolved Administration back together and getting all the institutions that were agreed in the Belfast/Good Friday agreement working—in particular, the north-south institutions, which are incredibly important. Having those, and also having representation of the Northern Ireland Executive on the Joint Ministerial Committee, are both very important points in making sure that Northern Ireland’s voice is heard in the Brexit debate.