PM says deal does not breach principle of consent
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PM says deal does not breach principle of consent

The prime minister has dismissed suggestions that his Brexit deal breached the principle of consent.

"In all frankness I do think it a pity that it is thought necessary for one side or the other of the debate in Northern Ireland to have a veto on those arrangements," Boris Johnson told MPs.

He argued that the Brexit referendum had taken place on a straight majority basis, adding: "I think that principle should be applied elsewhere, I see no reason why it should not apply in Northern Ireland as well."

  • 19 Oct 2019