Previously, Johnson had stated that there would be seamless exchanges between Britain and the island of Ireland. Speaking to the European Parliament, however, Barnier insisted that there must be controls between the two countries. He said: “The implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol provides for checks and controls for goods entering the island of Ireland. “
The declaration of mr. Barnier is in direct contrast to a previous promise from the insistence of Mr. Johnson that there would be no such checks under his Brexit agreement.
Comments come after Theresa May’s former chief of staff insisted that Johnson’s Brexit deal offers the EU what it wanted from Northern Ireland.
Lord Gavin Barwell, one of Mrs. May’s closest advisors, said: “The government has returned to what the European Union initially wanted, an agreement only for Northern Ireland.
“The result is that goods will have to undergo customs controls when they are moved from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, creating a border in our single market.”
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8.18 update: Rupert Lowe – “Reality is finally set”
Rupert Lowe, Brexit Party Member for the West Midlands, attended the European Parliament together with his party colleagues in the last plenary session before the UK exit this week.
Tweeting to his followers this morning, Lowe said, “Feel the feeling that Parliament here is upset that we’re really going away. Maybe reality is finally taking hold. This place will be much more boring without Nigel Farage.
“Sorry sorry for a terribly boring Parliament! They won’t know what to do when Nigel is gone!”
19.37 update: goods must be checked after Brexit
On Monday, the Prime Minister said there will be no “need for checks on goods from Northern Ireland to Great Britain “.
However, during a European parliamentary session, Michel Barnier contradicted the claims and insisted on the need for checks and controls on the goods.
Barnier said: “The implementation of this protocol for Northern Ireland includes checks and controls for goods entering the island of Ireland.
“I look forward to constructive cooperation with the UK authorities to ensure that all the provisions set out in this agreement are respected and made operational. “