Michael Gove says Northern Ireland's position in UK is protected in EU trade talks

Posted on May 21 2020 - 3:15am by admin

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster stated the EU has an exercise called “variable geometry” to help protect Northern Ireland in the UK’s Brexit negotiations. Mr Gove told the House of Commons that Northern Ireland’s position within the UK is “constitutionally secure” and unchanged. 

Conservative MP William Wragg said: “The way in which the UK and European Union seek to address Northern Irelands unique geographic situation as part of the negotiations could have constitutional and practical implications for Northern Ireland’s status in the UK.

“Can you square that circle or is it on the current trajectory of talks and impossible objectives?”

Mr Gove replied: “That circle can be squared using what I believe is known in the EU as variable geometry

“The truth, of course, is that Northern Ireland’s position in the UK is constitutionally secure and unchanged.”

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It comes as last week Lord Marvyn King, former Bank of England Governor, stated it is “immensely fortunate” that Britain is not in the EU’s Monetary Union as Germany questions the European Central Bank’s policy.

Sky News’ Ian King said: “Earlier this month Germany’s highest court ruled that some elements of European central banks buying German debt was unconstitutional.

“Is this another threat to the stability of the eurozone?”

Lord King replied: “Yes I think it is but I don’t think you should blame the German constitutional court.

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