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'Google it,' - Theresa May tells MPs over commitment to Irish border

Prime Minister Theresa May told MPs to "Google it" when asked - again - about her commitment to avoiding a hard border on the island or Ireland.

During the debate after giving a statement to the Commons on the agreement reached on the Brexit deal announced on Friday recommending talks progress to the second phase, the Prime Minister was again asked to reaffirm her commitment to the Irish border.

SNP MP Ian Blackford also questioned who was in charge of the government.

He said: "For the avoidance of any doubt, can the Prime Minister tell the House today that in no circumstances will we be returning to a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic? Let us make that commitment in this House today."

He added: "Last week, we had the humiliating scene of the Prime Minister being forced out of the original deal by the DUP, and rushing back to London. The Government had to rewrite the agreement so as to reach the DUP’s approval. We really have to wonder who is running the UK: is it Arlene Foster or the right hon. Member for Maidenhead?"

Mrs May responded: "The right honourable Gentleman asked me to confirm in this House that there will be no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. I have to say to him that this is not the first time that I have made that statement in this House; he can google it and find from Hansard how many times I have said it.

"Indeed, if he had listened to and looked at my statement, he would have learned that I said that “the joint report reaffirms our guarantee that there will be no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.”

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