Corbyn says Treasury document proves there will be N Ireland checks

Corbyn says Treasury document proves there will be N Ireland checks
By: WNG SKY Posted On: December 06, 2019 View: 28

Corbyn says Treasury document proves there will be N Ireland checks

Jeremy Corbyn says he has obtained a confidential Treasury report which "drives a coach and horses" through Boris Johnson's claim there will be no Irish Sea border after Brexit.

The Labour leader said the document, marked "official, sensitive", provides "cold, hard evidence" the prime minister has been "misleading" people about his withdrawal deal.

Waving the document, entitled NI Protocol: Unfettered access to the UK internal market, Mr Corbyn said it was proof there will be customs checks between Great Britain and Northern Ireland after Brexit.

Mr Johnson has denied this, saying it is "complete nonsense" to suggest his Brexit deal will lead to customs checks between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The 15-page document says:

  • Customs checks will be "highly disruptive" to Northern Ireland's economy
  • 98% of Northern Ireland exporters to Great Britain are small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and are "likely to struggle to bear this cost"
  • High Street prices are likely to rise in Northern Ireland as a result
  • Unemployment in areas like retail are likely to rise
  • Tariffs will be placed on 30% of purchases in Northern Ireland
  • Customs checks could "symbolically" separate Northern Ireland from the union
  • Low value trade disrution may have a "more significant" effect on Scottish and Welsh economies
  • Without controls, Northern Ireland could become a "back door" into the Great Britain market to avoid import duties
  • Unfettered access risks "substandard" goods entering the UK

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