Iain Duncan Smith seeks reassurance from the PM on Northern Ireland’s position in the free trade agreement negotiation

22nd October 2019

Iain Duncan Smith seeks reassurance from the Prime Minister that in the free trade agreement negotiation that Northern Ireland would be treated exactly the same as any other part of the UK.

Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP speaking in the House of Commons, 22 Oct 2019

My right hon. Friend is being characteristically generous in giving way. So that we are absolutely clear, going back to the Northern Ireland issue, I ask him again: is it his and the Government’s intention—as I understood and still understand it to be—that in the phase in which we negotiate a free trade agreement, we would negotiate it on the basis that Northern Ireland would form a whole and singular part of that agreement and therefore be treated exactly the same as Kent?

I can give exactly that assurance. That is exactly what this Bill does and what this agreement has secured.

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