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Borders: Northern Ireland

Question for Department for Exiting the European Union

UIN HL17276, tabled on 17 July 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the European Commission's position on renegotiating the Irish backstop.

Answered on

23 July 2019

The Government has been consistently clear in its intention to leave the EU in an orderly way on the basis of a negotiated agreement, and to do so in a way that ensures no hard border on the island of Ireland on a permanent basis.

The European Commission acts in negotiations in accordance with the position taken by the European Council, whose last expressed position on renegotiation of the Withdrawal Agreement is set out in the April 10 European Council Conclusions.