EC: There will be border checks in the Irish Sea

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Michel Barnier Photo: Reuters

There will be border controls on trade in the UK (between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK) under the Brexit agreement negotiated by Boris Johnson, the EU’s chief negotiator said, quoted by the British newspaper The Independent.

Michel Barnier has confirmed that there will be “controls and controls” between the UK and Northern Ireland under the agreement, which will govern the UK’s exit from the EU.

Boris Johnson has repeatedly said during the election campaign that there will be no checks in the Irish Sea, and has been accused by the opposition of lying, FOCUS recalls.

Whether the prime minister misunderstood the agreement he signed or really lied to the public, the wording of the deal signed in November is clear and shows that there will indeed be scrutiny.

“The implementation of this involves checks and controls on goods entering the island of Ireland,” Barnier said during a session of the European Parliament.
“I look forward to constructive cooperation with the British authorities to ensure that all provisions are complied with and acted upon.

Barnier remained silent during the UK election campaign, telling anyone who asked him – even privately – that he did not want to say anything that could have political clout and undermine the Brexit deal

Johnson repeated his statements on Monday, saying at a press conference: “Don’t doubt. We are the UK government. I cannot see any circumstances that will require checks on goods coming from Northern Ireland to the UK.

“The only circumstances in which you could imagine the need for checks coming from the UK to Northern Ireland, as I explained above, or if the goods came from Ireland and we have not secured, which I hope and even am sure it will , a zero tariff agreement, zero quotas with our friends and partners in the EU. ”

During the election, he was even more emphatic, saying: “We will ensure that businesses are not faced with additional costs and that there are no checks on exports of goods between Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom.

The government’s own internal analysis, which expired during the election campaign, shows that there will be checks on goods in both directions between the two parts of the United Kingdom.

He also said that there would be a detrimental effect on the economy of Northern Ireland and claimed that 98% of Northern Ireland’s exporting companies would be “likely to be difficult to bear these costs” of customs declarations and documentary and physical checks on goods in within the United Kingdom.

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