PM to reveal plan

Johnson denies customs posts solution to Irish Brexit obstacle

Boris Johnson in the US

Boris Johnson is promising a deal

Customs clearance posts between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are not part of Boris Johnson’s plans to end the Brexit deadlock.

The Prime Minister today played down the idea that there would be ‘customs clearance centres’, and said the EU was responding to previous ideas put forward. 

‘That’s not what we are proposing at all,’ he said.

It was reported from Dublin that plan is based on an “all-Ireland economic zone” as a substitute to the the backstop which would see Northern Ireland remain tied to some EU trading rules. This has been played down. However, the new plan does seem to involve Northern Ireland following some EU regulations.

Mr Johnson said: ‘The difficulty really is going to be around the customs union and to what extent Northern Ireland can be retained within EU bodies at all.

“We’re going to make a very good offer, we are going to be tabling it very soon, but there is a difficulty if you try to keep Northern Ireland in a customs union because one of the basic things about being a country is you have a single customs perimeter and a single customs union.”

According to a report from Ireland, UK ministers have prepared the revised legal text of an updated agreement for the UK’s exit from the EU which is expected to be made public as early as tomorrow.

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