General Election 2019: Johnson insists no NI-GB goods checks after Brexit

Monday December 9th, 2019

Boris Johnson has insisted there will not be any checks for goods travelling from Northern Ireland to Great Britain under his Brexit deal.Boris Johnson

He told Sky News that a leaked Treasury analysis document was “wrong” to suggest this would be the case.

His Brexit deal means there will be goods checks from GB to NI, but there has been confusion on whether there will be checks in the other direction.

Labour said the PM’s claims about his deal with the EU were “fraudulent”.

And DUP leader Arlene Foster said she still had concerns over the withdrawal agreement Mr Johnson reached with other European leaders in October.

The comments come as the main political party leaders continue to push their pledges ahead of Thursday’s general election.

Under the PM’s agreement, Northern Ireland would continue to follow many EU rules on food and manufactured goods, while the rest of the UK would not.

Northern Ireland would also continue to follow EU customs rules but would remain part of the UK’s customs territory.

A government risk assessment published in October said it would lead to new administration and checks on goods from west to east.

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