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Mike questions the Government on the future of institutions established under the Good Friday agreement

Earlier today (Wednesday 15th March 2017) Mike questioned the Government on the future of institutions established under the Good Friday agreement.

Mike Gapes (Labour/Co-operative, Ilford South): What discussions he has had with Ministers in the Republic of Ireland on the future of institutions established under the Good Friday agreement.

James Brokenshire (The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland): The Government stand firmly behind the institutions of the Belfast agreement and its successors. I have regular discussions with the Irish Government on a range of issues. Our immediate focus, consistent with the Belfast agreement, is working with the parties to resume the devolved Administration.

Mike Gapes (abour/Co-operative, Ilford South): The Secretary of State will know that, at the time of the Good Friday agreement nearly 19 years ago, the European Union played a role alongside the Irish and British Governments. Does he envisage any role for international support to maintain the institutional frameworks, particularly the all-Ireland institutional co-operation that has been so important over recent years?


James Brokenshire (The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland): The hon. Gentleman is right to highlight the strong relationship between the UK Government, the Northern Ireland Executive and the Government of the Republic of Ireland. We stand four-square behind our commitments under the Belfast agreement and its successors, and at EU level I have picked up strong support for the Good Friday/Belfast agreement. We are determined to get the best possible deal for Northern Ireland, recognising our commitments and recognising the Belfast agreement.

 

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