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Business leaders puzzled after Johnson contradicts own Brexit deal

Prime minister's rambling speech in Antrim vows no checks on goods to North from Britain.

British prime minister Boris Johnson has puzzled business people in Northern Ireland by saying there would be no Irish Sea border for goods from the North exported to Britain.

In a speech to members of the Northern Ireland Conservatives at an election rally in Templepatrick, Co Antrim, on Thursday evening, Mr Johnson also said "there will not be tariffs or checks on goods coming from Great Britain to Northern Ireland that are not going on to Ireland".

Questioned by Irwin Armstrong, owner of Ciga Healthcare in Ballymena, Mr Johnson said if anyone asked him to fill out a customs form, "tell them to ring up the prime minister and I will direct them to throw that form in the bin".

There would be, Mr Johnson insisted, "no forms, no checks, no barriers of any kind. You will have unfettered access."

Under the Brexit deal agreed between the EU and the UK, Northern Ireland will remain in the UK customs union post-Brexit, but will be subject to EU customs rules. This avoids a hard border on the island of Ireland by placing regulatory and customs checks at ports on the Irish Sea.

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