The UK’s shadow secretary of state for Brexit, Keir Starmer, has accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of not having a good grasp of his own deal on the divorce from the European Union after the latter’s remarks during a visit to Northern Ireland.
"Boris Johnson either doesn’t understand the deal he has negotiated or he isn’t telling the truth. Probably both," Starmer tweeted on Friday, sharing footage of Johnson’s speech.
On 17 October, London and Brussels finally reached a new Brexit deal after protracted negotiations. The new Brexit draft has dropped the controversial Irish backstop. The accord stipulates the creation of a regulatory zone on the island of Ireland, covering all goods and keeping Northern Ireland within the UK customs territory, instead of in the EU customs area.
Days after the deal was struck, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said that Northern Ireland’s companies would have to complete export forms after Brexit to sell products in Great Britain.