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Oops: It looks like Boris Johnson has spoken without thinking again.

It seems Boris Johnson has caved in to the EU again over Northern Ireland’s border controls.

According to leaked information, the deal he has accepted with Leo Varadkar would take the whole of the UK out of the EU’s customs union – in name alone.

In fact, Northern Ireland would remain subject to the EU’s tariffs regime, in order to ensure that border checks do not become necessary.

Businesses in NI would then be able to negate the difference between UK and EU tariffs by offering a rebate on goods sold – if the UK tariff is lower than that in the EU. This is unlikely in a post-Brexit world.

Under the new plan, Northern Ireland would be in the same regulatory and agricultural zone, and subject to the same tariffs as the rest of the EU.

There would be a regulatory and agrifoods border in the Irish Sea and potentially some customs checks too, although Northern Ireland businesses would not lose out financially from the arrangement.

If the DUP supports this, it will be betraying the position it has held all along – that Northern Ireland must be treated in exactly the same way as the rest pf the UK.

So Mr Johnson has betrayed his Parliamentary partners.

It has yet to be seen whether he has kept the more extreme Brexiteers in his party – the ERG, for example – on-side.

And Labour will be set against the proposal, which paves the way for a bonfire of regulations and citizens’ rights, in line with the Tory plan to turn the UK into a tax haven on the edge of Europe, where the population is exploited for the gain of a tiny few.

Do you want to live in a tax haven for the rich that brutally exploits the poor?

If you want to be harmed by your government – more deeply than it has already – then carry on voting Tory.

If you don’t, then Labour’s the party for you. Do as you will.

Source: Johnson’s Brexit proposal creates illusion of victory for both sides | UK News | Sky News

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