UK could move on ‘mechanism’ of Northern Ireland consent


Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Stephen Barclay leaves the BBC Headquarters after appearing on the Andrew Marr show, in London, Britain, October 6, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is open to some flexibility on the mechanism that would allow Northern Ireland lawmakers to decide whether it remains in regulatory alignment with the European Union as set out in Britain’s latest Brexit deal proposals, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said on Sunday.

“The key issue is the principle of consent, that’s why the backstop was rejected three times, that was the concern in terms of both sides in Northern Ireland not approving of the backstop,” Barclay told the BBC’s Andrew Marr on Sunday.

“So the key is the principle of consent, now of course in the mechanism, as part of the intensive negotiations we could look at that and discuss that.”

Reporting by Paul Sandle. Editing by Jane Merriman

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