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Brexit: Northern Ireland

Question for Department for Exiting the European Union

UIN HL11958, tabled on 3 December 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether EU agreement to lift the Northern Irish backstop would require unanimity among remaining EU member states.

Answered on

13 December 2018

The means by which the EU would establish its position in the Joint Committee is a matter for the EU and its internal processes. However, recent EU case law (Case C-244/17) suggests it would be done by means of a qualified majority vote in the Council.

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Department for Exiting the European Union