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US News Leaked Treasury document 'wrong' on Brexit checks - Johnson

06:31  09 december  2019
06:31  09 december  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Boris Johnson has claimed a leaked Treasury document about checks on the Northern Ireland border is " wrong ". Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn obtained the document , claiming it proves there will be customs checks between Great Britain and Northern Ireland after Brexit .

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Boris Johnson has claimed a leaked Treasury document about checks on the Northern Ireland border is "wrong".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn obtained the document, claiming it proves there will be customs checks between Great Britain and Northern Ireland after Brexit.

Speaking to Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Mr Johnson said: "[This deal] allows the whole of the UK to come out of the EU including Northern Ireland and the only checks that there would be, would be if something was coming from GB via Northern Ireland and was going on to the Republic, then there might be checks at the border into Northern Ireland."

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in December there would not be any checks for goods travelling from Northern Ireland to Great Britain under his Brexit deal. He told Sky News at the time that a leaked Treasury analysis document was " wrong " to suggest this would be the case.

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Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie: Boris Johnson said there would not be checks on the NI border © Getty Boris Johnson said there would not be checks on the NI border Pressed on the document talking about "checks both ways", he said "that's wrong because there won't be checks".

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Answering a question about whether the document was wrong, he said: "Yes. Because there's no question of there being checks on goods going NI/GB or GB/NI because they are part of - if you look at what the deal is, we're part of the same customs territory and it's very clear that there should be unfettered access between Northern Ireland and the rest of GB.

"We're a UK government, why would we put checks on goods going from NI to GB or GB to NI? It doesn't make sense.

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Brexit Minister Steve Baker said the document was at a "preliminary" stage and releasing it in full could damage the UK's negotiations with the EU. According to Buzzfeed, the leaked document , titled EU Exit Analysis - Cross Whitehall Briefing and drawn up for the Department for Exiting the EU

"So the issue is how to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland and we can do that by making sure that there are - by having some checks on goods that might be preceding into the Republic."

However, there is confusion around his argument on the basis that the end point of many goods could not be known at the point they cross the Irish Sea.

The border in Northern Ireland has been a point of contention since the start of Brexit talks, with the so-called backstop arrangement being the main reason Theresa May's deal to leave the EU failed to pass through the House of Commons.

  Leaked Treasury document 'wrong' on Brexit checks - Johnson © Getty

Mr Johnson's deal removes the backstop but adds checks in at different points.

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"Numbers will come down because we'll be able to control the system in that way," he told Sky News.

"And what I don't think is right is to have an uncontrolled and unlimited approach to that."

His suggestion was challenged by Labour's shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth, who said there should be a closer link to employment needs to ensure there isn't a lack of nurses or care workers, going on to say the social care system would collapse without migrant workers.

Mr Ashworth said of Mr Johnson: "He's also misleading the British people, because he's trying to give them the impression that he's going to be bringing immigration down, but when you look at the details of what he's announced today, he's saying he's going to hand over decisions on who will get a visa to an independent committee."

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The PM insists there will be no checks on goods between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, despite his own Brexit deal apparently stating that the opposite. The group, including Jacob Rees-Mogg's sister, want Boris Johnson to stay on as prime minister and "get Brexit done".

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She said: "It's doing it through an election, so it is only in the circumstances where we win a majority which would be a democratic event, which I think many people would recognise would be an electoral earthquake and therefore would have democratic legitimacy."

Despite her party's own remain alliance with parties including the Greens and Plaid Cymru, she said the electorate was now faced with a "cosy stitch-up" between Nigel Farage and Mr Johnson, after the Brexit Party stood down 318 candidates in seats won by the Conservatives in 2017.

But Mr Farage answered that by saying he had done his best to stop a second referendum, and argued against his former MEPs, who resigned the whip this week, saying the Brexit Party's tactics mean Lib Dems could get in.

He also reiterated issues over trust with Mr Johnson and his immigration pledges.

He told Sophy Ridge on Sunday: "They're (Tories) beginning to say the same things, the problem is they'll make no real commitment to cut the numbers coming in and this is the fourth Conservative manifesto in a row promising to reduce numbers."


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