John Baron MP presses Government on Northern Ireland peace process

June 28, 2017

MP says peace process should not be overshadowed

Today in the House of Commons, during Northern Ireland Questions, John Baron MP raised the Northern Ireland peace process with the Secretary of State, following the recent Government agreement with the DUP.

John asked,

“Having seen the Troubles at first hand, I know the peace process has been integral to progress. Whilst welcoming our agreement with our friends in the DUP, is there anything more the Government can do to reassure all people in Northern Ireland that the agreement will not jeopardise this process – this is the key issue at the moment?”

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, replied that John had made a powerful and important point, and that the Westminster Government is working with all parties in Northern Ireland, not least to restore the Northern Irish Executive.

John said afterwards,

“I am supportive of our confidence and supply agreement with the DUP, which will ensure a stable government as we work through the Brexit negotiations. However, we must not allow the agreement to overshadow the achievement of the peace process – no-one wants to see a return to the bad old days of the Troubles. I am pleased the Government is taking this on board.”

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