“there's no question of there being checks on goods going from NI to GB or GB to NI”

Boris Johnson, Sophy Ridge on Sunday

December 8, 2019

Facts

When asked whether there would be checks on goods crossing between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, Boris Johnson told Sophy Ridge:

“No, absolutely not.” 

“there's no question of there being checks on goods going from NI to GB or GB to NI”

When the first goods crossed the new trade border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK a year later, on 1 January 2021, lorries were met by officials and directed to new border control posts, where they were checked. 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.

Verdict

Boris Johnson’s claim that “there won’t be checks” at the Irish border was false.

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