The Brexit Secretary, Stephen Barclay, has admitted that Boris Johnson’s Brexit proposals would mean firms in Northern Ireland would have to fill out export declaration forms when exporting to the rest of the UK. This despite Boris Johnson’s previous promise that no British Conservative Prime Minister would sign up to a customs border in the Irish Sea.
Appearing before the House of Lords EU committee earlier today, Barclay at first denied NI firms would have to fill out such forms, but then was advised to change his answer and said: “Just to be clear, exit summary declarations will be required in terms of Northern Ireland to GB.”
Commenting, Ian Murray MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“This is a shocking admission by the Brexit Secretary – he has revealed that Boris Johnson’s Brexit proposals will mean a hard customs border in the Irish Sea, with Northern Ireland firms required to fill in export declaration forms when selling into Great Britain. This proves beyond all doubt that no-one can trust a single word Boris Johnson says.
“Boris Johnson went to the DUP conference last year and promised them that no British Conservative Prime Minister would ever sign up to a border down the Irish Sea. But that’s exactly what his Brexit proposals would mean. This would mean extra costs and bureaucracy for businesses in Northern Ireland, which will cost jobs. The DUP are just the latest people to learn that Boris Johnson’s relationship with the truth is extremely flexible, to say the least.
“We simply cannot trust Boris Johnson with an issue as big and important as Brexit. The only ones who can be trusted with the final decision on Brexit are the people. That’s why up to a million people marched through London on Saturday, and why over 250,000 have signed a letter calling for a People’s Vote in the 48 hours since.”
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Video of the exchange can be seen here: https://twitter.com/peoplesvote_uk/status/1186282116507680768?s=20