Barnier is “wrong” to say there will be border checks

Dominic Raab, Ridge on Sunday

February 2, 2020

Facts

On Sky News, Dominic Raab said that Michel Barnier was “wrong” to say that there would be border checks between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. This claim has been made repeatedly by the Tory government.

Raab said: "Yes, he is wrong if the EU lives up to its commitments on its side both in the withdrawal agreement and the political declaration".

In May 2020, Michael Gove finally admitted there would be checks.

Furthermore, the first goods crossed the new trade border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK on 1 January 2021, with lorries being met by officials and directed to new border control posts. Furthermore, many food products from Great Britain now have to enter Northern Ireland through these border posts where they can be inspected by the Department of Agriculture. These products also need health certificates, though some of the new certification processes will be phased in over the next three months.

Verdict

 It turned out that Barnier was right to say that there would be border checks. 

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