PM defends Brexit strategy on Northern Ireland visit – BBC News
PM defends Brexit strategy on Northern Ireland visit – BBC News Two Bells by the Prime Minister speech and ensuring that unique needs at this part of the UK all-met has been one of my chief priority is ever since I became prime minister tree farms and Villages bisects hundreds of roads and planes and put his crossed ugly Cross By thousands of people every day would pose a logistical challenges in the context of brexit, but when you watch those geographical factors, golden Islands, complex history, the different traditions and identities that make up its Community along pasta, piece that the people of Northern Ireland is the challenge Is even greater, we have come a long way towards a solution that works, Pinole nodded and on, and we have agreed Mutual protections for Citizens rights, the maintenance of all common travel area on such a framework for our future relationship. Sensual tariff and quota free trade and protects all close cooperation on security and law enforcement, but the UK Parliament rejected the withdrawal agreement because of that concerns about the back stole the mangle call to prevent no hot water in the event of a future relationship is not In place at the end of the invitation., I know that many people in Northern Ireland, and indeed across this island, a worried about what rejection of the withdrawal deal means for them. So I’m here today to ask my commitment, with United Kingdom government, to all the people of Northern Ireland at every background on tradition, to us commitments to the Belfast Good Friday agreement to its successes. Listen to Andrews agreement in the stolen house agreement on to the principles they enshrine, which is absolute delivery, no return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, which is unshakable just being a central political issue. The progress of the last few decades from the troubles to Sea Spa from sea Spa to political agreement, agreement to active participation by unionists and nationalist institutions that enjoy cross-community support as being a massive achievement of the landmark in the history of these items. For the moment, I knew that one of my most profound wisdom, the interest of the people of Northern Ireland. By doing all I could to protect and sustain that progress. Successive UK and Irish governments have plays that Parts, often working together in close cooperation just being the political parties in Northern Ireland. The UU PNC sdlp the dup, Sinn Fein of the alliance, who have achieved by father. Most violence is not being eliminated, which is being reduced to levels that would once have seemed impossible to imagine. Divisions remain entrenched in some communities, but people, including those from the younger Generations, are more and more interested in pushing aside those divisions to build a shed thanks to grasha political stability, National businesses investing in economic success, employment is an a record high and unemployment record low Projects to the rest of the world today it is no longer one of violence, but have dynamism on success and the decisive moment in that transformation was the Belfast agreement in 1998. Its success allowing people of different Traditions to feel that those Traditions at their identities were respected and that they could work together to build a successful future for all the people of Northern Ireland to the principle that it is the list of all the people of Northern Ireland to identify themselves and be accepted as Irish or British Open as they made so choose. I didn’t trying to the consent principle, but it will always and only be for the Constitution should be of peace and stability in Northern Ireland, as they will forever be honored by the United Kingdom government. A fundamental belief in the union of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is part of my Heritage as a conservative and unionist to change. But the unionism I believe in is one that respects absolutely the central importance of IRS identity to those people in Northern Ireland who claimed it are people a country with every religion. Every peaceful and Democratic Creed has a place, and every man and woman is equal before the law treated with respect and has the opportunity to get on and succeed. Indeed, Infinity ever be secure in Prosper if it is built on that respect and acceptance of differences and diversity, because the Belfast agreement is not just the Bedrock of stability here in Northern Ireland, its principles are fundamental to the secure success of the whole United Kingdom. Absolute commitment to those principles has informed and directed my approach to brexit for my first speeches as prime minister to my first meeting with a t-shirt December 2017. In the joint report we agreed with the EU we committed to protect the 1998 agreement in all its parts under the totality of relationships sent out in it, baadshaho related checks and controls, preserving the Integrity of the UK internal Market on Northern Ireland’s place within it. These were commitments made in good faith through the future relationship, but I accept an insurance policy on bridging arrangement to guarantee know how older is. The future relationship was not in place in time. Legal certainty. Do you want to legally operative text so it would give people and businesses on both sides of the Border, the original European commission proposal. It did not impose the Customs border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. Many people business is agreed with me. The pool and they just send its box top things to do, and I’m grateful to them for doing so. I believe, but I’ve had to face up to the fact that in its current form, it cannot answer the need for changes to the backstop is the key issue are the two main units part is here and is also influenced and peas and England, Scotland, Wales and Voting against the deal, I can only deliver on the commitments we have made. If I can get a deal through, the UK Parliament he’s across the house so that I can only get a deal through Parliament. Illegal changes, Almeda backstop is Ria firms or desire to leave with a deal and our commitment to know how border between Northern Ireland and Ireland and I stagram himself, set out. It would mean replacing the backstop with another Arrangement which avoids border wall, making legally binding changes to the Back store to introduce a time limit or create an exit mechanism. London Island, because it is here that the consequences of whatever he’s agreed will most be felt. I recognize to the majority of Voters in Northern Ireland voted to remain that many will feel that once again, decisions taken in West, profound and in many cases on wanted in in Northern Ireland and Ireland, so I’m determined to it – was the solution that Pokemon for all The support from across the community in Northern Ireland commitments will underpin our approach, alternative Arrangements that we seek to negotiate with the EU and Paws through the UK Parliament, including any physical infrastructure or relationships and controls on this means people on either side of that board will Be able to live their lives as they do now. I’Ve spoken to people in cases like for my who remember the Customs border posts, Rose and security installations of the not-so-distant past Supply chains that cross between Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Ireland everyday go to work. Finally, even to do that, champagne, I understand what a hard-boiled it would mean not just in terms of the disruption at the folder itself, but in terms of trade for the whole island, the Bell, pasta, cream and delivers Jostens equal treatment, the identity aspirations of both communities. The community in Northern Ireland has come together to deliver peace and prosperity, and I will not do anything to put that at risk. We made it to work for the particular circumstances of Northern Ireland. Second, neither will I compromise on my place in the UK proposed division of the Back store which involve creating a customs Border in the RFC. I successfully resisted it. Taryn, Northern Ireland many people about being cut off from the rest of the UK for the UK without knowing Allen’s institutions. Having that say, protection for existing cross-border cooperation, many areas of cooperation have been identified, such as cooperation on health disease, free for animals and plants. I didn’t operation existing cross-border cooperation must be respected, hold the rights enshrined in the Belfast agreement for all the people of Northern Ireland right across the whole Community. This includes upholding commitments around mutual respect, religious Liberties, equality of opportunity, tolerance and rights, so that the resulting in the Nationalist community in particular, who worry that some of that existing rights could be eroded. When the UK leave the EU, so we have already enshrined in the withdrawal agreement a legal guarantee of no diminution of equality and rights, levels of being serious concerns raised about how UK immigration rules treat citizens here. Exercising that writes under the agreement to be Irish, the identify and be accepted, PlayStation daughter citizenship is absolutely essential to the agreement, but I know some cases recently encountered difficulties in securing their family members. I understand the serious concerns so I’ve also the Home Secretary, working closely with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, to review these issues urgently to deliver a long-term solution consistent with the letter and spirit of the Belfast agreement government in which the union is represented in The House of Commons, it is more important that we uphold our duty to ensure all voices in Northern Ireland. I take that very seriously indeed the whole community to prevent to return the borders of the past. The UK government will not let that happen. I will not let that happen. At the same time, he was continue to support all efforts that can lead to the restoration of Northern Ireland political institutions absolutely committed to ensuring it. When an executive is restored, it will have real influence to speak for all the people of Northern Ireland as we shape the UK’s future relationship with the European Union address the unique challenges the brexit poses to Northern Ireland. So I also want to ensure that we continue to maintain and indeed enhance, the strongest possible by natural partnership between the UK and, I said many times, and I want to see a new, deep and special partnership between the UK and the 27 member states of the European Union, but our relationship with island is deeper than our relationship with any of the other 27 does, uniquely Asian Thai the family, history and geography. The recent past is being a moment of reflection in the UK and Ireland as we’ve commemorated the Centenary of a series of key events in our shared history, the Easter rising in an inclusive manner, which promoted a greater understanding of History. Remember, together the shed sacrifice of so many side by side in the first World War, the seed in 2017, attended by his Royal Highness, the Duke of Cambridge and full body shock. Enda Kenny was particularly poignant. I did remember the soldiers at the 16th Irish, I’m 36 division hero in the Allied victory in that battle. Today, those ties of family and friendship between our countries are more important than they have ever be, and I believe, relationship between all of us as an absolute horror that we should take even a single step backwards in the progress we’ve actively achieved. So I want to work closely with the tea shop near the Irish government, as so many of us have them to strengthen the bilateral relationship we have built on this kind of show to take many forms. We’Ve already. We already have the petition, Origins, governmental conference and regular Summit between UK and Irish politicians European Union. We will need to establish new ways of coming together to develop further all unique relationship examples shoes at the day. We would also want to strengthen our economic relationship and have already together identified areas like construction and small cities is Right friend, Hans collaboration. Irish government’s have already made clear that we would support ways of enhancing the link between Ola people’s. I did it. Take you to build the links between all young people. I know this is many. British people do not know enough about the complexity of the long relationship between the UK and Ireland. Some Irish people are less familiar with the forces and motivations that helped to shape views in the UK, so his paws at these new ways of coming together and all those in a structured way and reflect on that Vision, future relationship. I know this is a concerning time for many people Kia in Northern Ireland, but we will find a way to deliver brexit that all commitments to Northern Ireland support across the communities in Northern Ireland in the Westminster Parliament, which is the best way to deliver for the People of Northern Ireland, as we do so, I hope we can also take steps to move towards the restoration of devolution. So the politicians in Northern Ireland can get back to work on the issues that matter the people they represent, but ultimately the measure this moment in northern islands. History must be more than whether we would boy to return to the challenges of the past. It must be how, together we move forwards to shape the opportunities, but the future, as prime minister Kingdom duty to play my part in shaping. Future and to do my utmost to support the peace, prosperity and progress that can give the people of Northern Ireland the brightest Future for Jenner, thank you. Theresa May is trying to reassure people in Northern Ireland that she can secure a Brexit deal that avoids a hard border with Ireland.
In a speech to business leaders in Belfast, the PM pledged to secure a deal with the EU that “commands broad support” and a majority in parliament.
The DUP leader, Arlene Foster, said the “toxic backstop” remained the problem.
Brussels was “unfortunately turning their face against that” and needed respect for unionism in NI, she added.
Mrs Foster spoke out as the European Commission confirmed the prime minister will visit Brussels on Thursday for talks with its president Jean-Claude Juncker.
This follows a visit by Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar on Wednesday.
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