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star this property date less than 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
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Department for Exiting the European Union remove filter
star this property answering dept id 203 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property hansard heading Borders: Northern Ireland remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent steps he has taken with the European Commission to ensure that there is not a hard border on the island of Ireland in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Northamptonshire more like this
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Andrea Leadsom more like this
unstar this property uin 269730 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
star this property answer text <p>My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union has regularly met with the EU Commission to discuss preparations for leaving the EU.</p><p>The Government has been clear that the unique social, political and economic circumstances of Northern Ireland must be reflected in any arrangements that apply in a no deal scenario. We are absolutely committed to upholding the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement, and would do everything possible to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.</p><p>In a no deal scenario, the UK Government is committed to entering into discussions urgently with the European Commission and the Irish Government to jointly agree long-term measures to avoid a hard border and to limit the impact of a no deal exit on life on the island of Ireland.</p><p>We have confirmed a unilateral approach to checks, processes and tariffs to do all we can to avoid a hard border. The UK Government would not introduce any new checks or controls on goods crossing from Ireland to Northern Ireland, including any new customs declarations for nearly all goods.</p><p>The UK temporary tariff regime would therefore not apply to goods crossing from Ireland into Northern Ireland.</p><p>We would need to apply a small number of measures strictly necessary to comply with international legal obligations, protect the biosecurity of the island of Ireland, or to avoid the highest risks to Northern Ireland businesses - but these measures would not require checks at the border.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Worcester more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Robin Walker more like this
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less than 2019-07-01T15:10:51.53Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-01T15:10:51.53Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Robin Walker more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrea Leadsom more like this
1127883
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star this property date less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
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Department for Exiting the European Union remove filter
star this property answering dept id 203 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property hansard heading Borders: Northern Ireland remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent assessment he has made of the viability of technological solutions for arrangements to replace the backstop when the UK leaves the EU. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Romford more like this
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Andrew Rosindell more like this
unstar this property uin 257006 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-30more like thismore than 2019-05-30
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to having a future relationship in place with the EU by the end of December 2020. However, even if the full future relationship is not in place by the end of the implementation period, the Government’s objective is to ensure that the backstop is replaced by alternative arrangements. Both the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration emphasised the shared determination of the UK and the EU to replace the backstop with an agreement on alternative arrangements.</p><p>In anticipation, the Government intends to establish three domestic advisory groups: an expert group on trade and customs, a business and trade union group, and a parliamentary group. These groups will engage widely, including with the institutions established under the Belfast Agreement, to ensure the UK’s input is informed by a broad and inclusive range of voices domestically. Amongst other facilitations, the groups will consider work drawing on cutting-edge technological solutions designed to streamline and modernise border controls and support engagement with customs and regulatory processes.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Spelthorne more like this
star this property answering member printed Kwasi Kwarteng more like this
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less than 2019-05-30T12:20:31.11Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-30T12:20:31.11Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kwasi Kwarteng more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this
1121577
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star this property date less than 2019-04-11more like thismore than 2019-04-11
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Department for Exiting the European Union remove filter
star this property answering dept id 203 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property hansard heading Borders: Northern Ireland remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have allocated funds for work to find an alternative to the Withdrawal Agreement Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland; and if so, what level of funds have been allocated. more like this
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Lord Empey more like this
unstar this property uin HL15228 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-25more like thismore than 2019-04-25
star this property answer text <p>The Prime Minister announced on the 26th February that alternative arrangements to the backstop will be a priority for the UK and EU during the next phase of negotiations.</p><p>The Government intends to establish three advisory groups to help inform the UK’s negotiations with the EU. The Government will make available £20m of funding to support the development, testing or piloting of ideas that emerge from these groups where the Government believes it would be helpful.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Callanan more like this
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less than 2019-04-25T10:46:53.85Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-25T10:46:53.85Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Callanan more like this
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4216
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Empey more like this
1121578
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star this property date less than 2019-04-11more like thismore than 2019-04-11
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Department for Exiting the European Union remove filter
star this property answering dept id 203 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property hansard heading Borders: Northern Ireland remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what alternatives to the Withdrawal Agreement Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland are currently being considered. more like this
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Lord Empey more like this
unstar this property uin HL15229 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-25more like thismore than 2019-04-25
star this property answer text <p>As part of the deal negotiated, the UK and EU have agreed to consider a joint work stream to develop alternative arrangements to guarantee permanently the absence of a hard border in Northern Ireland. This includes a legally binding commitment that both sides will aim to replace the backstop with alternative arrangements by December 2020 - and that they do not need to replicate the backstop in any respect.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Callanan more like this
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less than 2019-04-25T10:47:28.643Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-25T10:47:28.643Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Callanan more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Empey more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-03-13more like thismore than 2019-03-13
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Department for Exiting the European Union remove filter
star this property answering dept id 203 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property hansard heading Borders: Northern Ireland remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 13 March (HL13776), how they will ensure that both Houses of Parliament and their relevant select committees are given timely information about the progress and details of the evaluation of "alternative arrangements" and "technologies"; and whether they will publish the joint work stream agreed with the EU. more like this
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Lord Bassam of Brighton more like this
unstar this property uin HL14510 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-26more like thismore than 2019-03-26
star this property answer text <p>The UK and EU have agreed to consider a joint work stream to develop alternative arrangements, including the use of technology, to ensure the absence of a hard border, and this work will form an important strand of the next phase of negotiations. Our aim is to ensure that, even if the full future relationship is not in place by the end of the implementation period, the backstop is not needed, because we will have a set of alternative arrangements ready to go. We have secured a legally binding commitment that both sides will aim to replace the backstop with alternative arrangements by December 2020 - and that they do not need to replicate the backstop in any respect.</p><p>The Government is doing everything we sensibly can to provide for ongoing scrutiny through the negotiating process. We will continue to report regularly to select committees in person and by responding fully to inquiries and reports.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Callanan more like this
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less than 2019-03-26T13:22:36.527Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-26T13:22:36.527Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Callanan more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bassam of Brighton more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-03-12more like thismore than 2019-03-12
star this property answering body
Department for Exiting the European Union remove filter
star this property answering dept id 203 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property hansard heading Borders: Northern Ireland remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 11 March (HL13966), of which part of the internal discussions on avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is it not in the public interest to disclose details; and what assessment they have made of the relationship between any decision not to disclose those details and the Prime Minister having identified the issue as that which prevents a deal being agreed with the EU on Brexit. more like this
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Lord Bassam of Brighton more like this
unstar this property uin HL14446 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-26more like thismore than 2019-03-26
star this property answer text <p>On 13 March we published details of our plans to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland in a no deal scenario. We have confirmed a temporary, unilateral approach to checks, processes and tariffs to do all we can to achieve this. The UK Government would not introduce any new checks or controls on goods crossing from Ireland to Northern Ireland, including any new customs declarations. The UK temporary tariff regime would therefore not apply to goods crossing from Ireland into Northern Ireland.</p><p>As these are unilateral measures, they only mitigate the impacts from exit that are within the UK Government’s control. These measures do not set out the position in respect of tariffs or processes to be applied to goods moving from Northern Ireland to Ireland. We also recognise that there challenges and risks for maintaining control of our borders and for the competitiveness of businesses in Northern Ireland. That is why we are clear that this approach would be strictly temporary.</p><p>A negotiated settlement is the only means of sustainably guaranteeing no hard border and protecting businesses in Northern Ireland. In a no deal scenario, we are therefore committed to entering into discussions urgently with the European Commission and the Irish Government to jointly agree long-term measures to avoid a hard border.</p><p><strong><br></strong>Full guidance on the no deal Northern Ireland policy can be found at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/guidance/eu-exit-avoiding-a-hard-border-in-northern-ireland-in-a-no-deal-scenario" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/guidance/eu-exit-avoiding-a-hard-border-in-northern-ireland-in-a-no-deal-scenario</a>.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Callanan more like this
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less than 2019-03-26T13:27:14.307Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-26T13:27:14.307Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Callanan more like this
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3504
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bassam of Brighton more like this
1063538
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star this property date less than 2019-02-18more like thismore than 2019-02-18
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Department for Exiting the European Union remove filter
star this property answering dept id 203 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property hansard heading Borders: Northern Ireland remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 18 February (HL13276), what are the "facilitative arrangements and technologies" that will form part of the "alternative arrangements to replace the backstop" in the negotiations currently being undertaken with the EU. more like this
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Lord Bassam of Brighton more like this
unstar this property uin HL13776 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-13more like thismore than 2019-03-13
star this property answer text <p>The UK and EU have agreed to consider a joint work stream to develop alternative arrangements, including the use of technology, to ensure the absence of a hard border, and this work will form an important strand of the next phase of negotiations. Our aim is to ensure that, even if the full future relationship is not in place by the end of the implementation period, the backstop is not needed, because we will have a set of alternative arrangements ready to go. We have secured a legally binding commitment that both sides will aim to replace the backstop with alternative arrangements by December 2020 - and that they do not need to replicate the backstop in any respect.</p><p>Last week, the Government published a Written Ministerial Statement noting that joint UK-EU work on alternative arrangements will be an important strand of the next phase of negotiations. In anticipation of this, and to ensure that the UK is ready to move at pace in the next phase, the Government is putting in place the UK’s arrangements to support this work, with a team drawing in all the relevant departments including DExEU, HMT, HMRC, BEIS, DEFRA, Home Office, and the NIO. This will report directly to the UK’s negotiating team.</p><p><strong> </strong></p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Callanan more like this
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less than 2019-03-13T12:23:57.893Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-13T12:23:57.893Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Callanan more like this
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3504
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bassam of Brighton more like this
1063540
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star this property date less than 2019-02-18more like thismore than 2019-02-18
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Department for Exiting the European Union remove filter
star this property answering dept id 203 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property hansard heading Borders: Northern Ireland remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 13 February (HL13385), which characteristics beyond infrastructure in their view constitute a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. more like this
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Lord Dobbs more like this
unstar this property uin HL13778 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-13more like thismore than 2019-03-13
star this property answer text <p>From the outset of the negotiations the Prime Minister has been clear that there should be no return to the borders of the past, and that maintaining an open, seamless border has been the cornerstone for the success of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement. That is why the December Joint Report made clear that the UK would avoid a hard border, including any physical infrastructure or related checks and controls.</p><p>Last week, the Government published a Written Ministerial Statement noting that joint UK-EU work on alternative arrangements will be an important strand of the next phase of negotiations. In anticipation of this, and to ensure that the UK is ready to move at pace in the next phase, the Government is putting in place the UK’s arrangements to support this work, with a team drawing in all the relevant departments including DExEU, HMT, HMRC, BEIS, DEFRA, Home Office, and the NIO. This will report directly to the UK’s negotiating team.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Callanan more like this
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less than 2019-03-13T12:24:29.68Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-13T12:24:29.68Z
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4336
star this property label Biography information for Lord Callanan more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Dobbs more like this
1061345
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star this property date less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
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Department for Exiting the European Union remove filter
star this property answering dept id 203 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property hansard heading Borders: Northern Ireland remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 13 February (HL13277), what assessment they have made of the potential technological solutions for ensuring no hard border of the island of Ireland following the UK's departure from the EU; and whether they will publish details of any such assessment. more like this
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Lord Bassam of Brighton more like this
unstar this property uin HL13725 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-21more like thismore than 2019-02-21
star this property answer text <p>The Prime Minister in her 5 February speech in Belfast reaffirmed the UK Government commitment to delivering a Brexit that ensures no return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, including any physical infrastructure or related checks and controls. While technology could play a part in this, and alternative arrangements are being looked at, these must be ones that can be made to work for the particular circumstances of Northern Ireland.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Callanan more like this
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less than 2019-02-21T17:46:01.413Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-21T17:46:01.413Z
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4336
star this property label Biography information for Lord Callanan more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bassam of Brighton more like this
1061346
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star this property date less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
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Department for Exiting the European Union remove filter
star this property answering dept id 203 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property hansard heading Borders: Northern Ireland remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish details of any contracts they have signed relating to technological solutions to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland; and whether any of those contracts include matters beyond proofs of concept. more like this
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Lord Bassam of Brighton more like this
unstar this property uin HL13726 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-22more like thismore than 2019-02-22
star this property answer text <p>The Government has been in discussions with technology companies for many months. While no contracts have yet been signed, in the event of doing so we will follow the usual process.</p><p>Parliament has been clear in what is needed to unite behind a Withdrawal Agreement: namely, legally binding changes to the backstop. The Prime Minister has set out three ways in which legally binding changes to the backstop could be achieved. First, the backstop could be replaced with alternative arrangements to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. Secondly, there could be a legally binding time limit to the existing backstop, or thirdly, there could be a legally binding unilateral exit clause to that backstop.</p><p>The Prime Minister and President Juncker agreed that our teams should hold further talks to find a way forward, both will meet again before the end of February to take stock of those discussions.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Callanan more like this
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less than 2019-02-22T12:34:54.74Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-22T12:34:54.74Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Callanan more like this
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3504
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bassam of Brighton more like this