Dominic Raab questioned on how Brexit negotiations led to backstop

30 January 2019

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee will question former Brexit Secretary, Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, on the work of the UK’s negotiation team and his decision to resign over the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement.

As Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab MP, assisted the Prime Minister in negotiating the Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, but resigned following a Cabinet meeting to approve the Agreement, citing concern that the backstop posed a “very real threat to the integrity of the UK.”

Purpose of the session

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee will question Dominic Raab on the role of DEXEU during the negotiation process and his reasons for regarding the backstop as unacceptable for the UK. The Committee will also consider the effect of Northern Ireland lacking a functioning executive throughout the negotiations and whether the backstop terms can be renegotiated with the EU, given that the House of Commons has now rejected the Withdrawal Agreement.


Wednesday 30 January 2019, Grimond Room, Portcullis House 

At 9.30am

  • Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP

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