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The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster stated the EU has an exercise called “variable geometry” to help protect Northern Ireland in the UK’s Brexit negotiations. Mr Gove told the House of Commons that Northern Ireland’s position within the UK is “constitutionally secure” and unchanged.
Conservative MP William Wragg said: “The way in which the UK and European Union seek to address Northern Irelands unique geographic situation as part of the negotiations could have constitutional and practical implications for Northern Ireland’s status in the UK.
“Can you square that circle or is it on the current trajectory of talks and impossible objectives?”
Mr Gove replied: “That circle can be squared using what I believe is known in the EU as variable geometry
“The truth, of course, is that Northern Ireland’s position in the UK is constitutionally secure and unchanged.”
It comes as last week Lord Marvyn King, former Bank of England Governor, stated it is “immensely fortunate” that Britain is not in the EU’s Monetary Union as Germany questions the European Central Bank’s policy.
Sky News’ Ian King said: “Earlier this month Germany’s highest court ruled that some elements of European central banks buying German debt was unconstitutional.
“Is this another threat to the stability of the eurozone?”
Lord King replied: “Yes I think it is but I don’t think you should blame the German constitutional court.
“They were merely interpreting the European Treaty and the conditions under which Germany joined the Monetary Union.
“The trouble is the members of the Monetary Union have never faced up to the fact that the need for a fiscal union to try and keep the Monetary Union going is quite inconsistent with the conditions that were set at the beginning.
“Only a new European treaty can deal with this.
“I think it is immensely fortunate that Britain is not in the Monetary Union.”
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Earlier this month Michael Gove revealed staying in the European Union for another year could cost the UK between £20billion gross and £10billion net.
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster outlined the cost to the UK if the Brexit transition period is extended during the Lords’ European Union committee.
Lord Lamont asked: “Can you be more precise about what the costs of an extension to the transition period would be?”
Mr Gove replied: “Yes, for every year continued membership the additional cost would be between £20billion gross and £10billion net.”
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