On Wednesday 7 February 2018, I asked the government how they would protect the Good Friday Agreement given their current approach to the Brexit negotiations.
The Good Friday Agreement was one of the most important legacies of the last Labour government. Just before Prime Minister’s Questions, I asked the minister for Northern Ireland, if Theresa May’s bungling over the border issue meant that the destruction of the Good Friday Agreement would be his government’s legacy.
The minister responded that the agreement the EU and UK made before Christmas would protect the Good Friday Agreement, but Theresa May’s needless insistence that we must leave the Customs Union raises the spectre of a hard border between the Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The Good Friday agreement was one of the greatest legacies of the last Labour Government. Is the Minister content that messing up the border issue could make destroying the Good Friday agreement one of this Government’s legacies?
Shailesh Vara (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland)
I assure the hon. Lady that the joint report published in December this year by the European Commission and the United Kingdom makes it absolutely clear that the Belfast agreement remains intact, and all of it will remain intact.
You can watch the exchange here: