There are “abundant technical fixes” for the Irish border

Boris Johnson, BBC interview

June 23, 2019

Claim

Johnson told BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg: “Let me tell you, there are abundant, abundant technical fixes that can be introduced to make sure that you don't have to have checks at the border. That’s the crucial thing. And everybody accepts that there are ways you can check for the rules of origin, there are ways you can check for compliance with EU goods and standards, of our goods standards.”

When Kuenssberg put it to him that these technologies do not yet exist, Johnson said: “You’re right, Laura, that there’s no single magic bullet. But there is a wealth of experience, a wealth of solutions. And what’s changed now is that there is a real positive energy about getting it done.”

Facts

This claim is disputed by many experts. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said in June: “I do think some of the rhetoric we have heard in the context of the leadership debates in the UK is simply not based on reality — I say that respectfully — these issues cannot be dumbed down into simplistic solutions such as technology will provide all the answers.” Full Fact wrote after Johnson’s comments that “a technological solution — which would keep the border open as it is today even if the UK and EU had different customs regimes — doesn’t currently exist.”

Verdict

Johnson’s comments were misleading.

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