Anne Main calls Withdrawal Agreement a sell-out in terms of the union of the UK

3rd December 2018

Following the statement from the Attorney General on the legal position of the Withdrawal Agreement, Anne Main calls the agreement a sell-out in terms of the union of the United Kingdom in the treatment of Northern Ireland if the backstop is triggered.

May I suggest that when the Attorney General argued to the right hon. Member for Belfast North (Nigel Dodds) that the differences were merely niggling and almost invisible that that is a bit like suggesting someone is a little bit pregnant? This is a sell-out in terms of the Union, and at what point is our Prime Minister’s pledge that we would not make separate arrangements for any country in the Union going to be sold out, in his argument, in the national interest?

I do not agree with my hon. Friend that this is a sell-out. There is no question but that aspects of it that are both undesirable and unsatisfactory, but this backstop need not ever be triggered, and if we are in, I am confident that we can emerge out of it. It will also produce significant benefits for the people of Northern Ireland—let us not forget that—were it ever to be engaged.



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