HC Deb 20 June 1990 vol 174 c560W
Mr. Trimble

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the occasions at international conferences or meetings within the last five years when Her Majesty's Government have formally rejected or objected to the territorial claim of the Republic of Ireland over the United Kingdom.

Mr. Hurd

I am not aware of any occasions in the last five years where the Government of the Republic of Ireland have raised a territorial claim over the United Kingdom at an international conference or meeting.

United Kingdom sovereignty over Northern Ireland, as a matter of international law, is clear. Our sovereignty is manifested, day by day, by acts of legislation, Government and the courts. Further, in article 1 of the Anglo-Irish Agreement, both Governments affirmed that any change in the status of Northern Ireland would only come about with the consent of a majority of the people of Northern Ireland".

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