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General election 2019: ‘Absolute clarity’ on Brexit deal Irish Sea trade

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Image caption Matt Hancock stated the problem was “highly technical” however may very well be addressed in future EU trade talks

There is “absolute clarity” on how NI-GB trade will work beneath the Brexit deal, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has stated, regardless of Boris Johnson showing to contradict earlier outlined plans.

Mr Hancock stated the small print could be labored out in a future EU trade deal.

The PM was accused of not understanding his deal after he briefed Conservative members in Northern Ireland.

He stated companies may “bin” customs kinds as there’ll no checks nor limitations of any sort on trade throughout the Irish Sea.

That contradicted Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay, who stated in September that companies in Northern Ireland must submit customs declaration kinds after he initially denied that was the case.

On Saturday, Mr Hancock informed BBC Breakfast there may be “absolute clarity” between what the prime minister and Mr Barclay stated.

“It’s highly technical because it’s about the types of checks and agreement but, crucially, all of this can be properly addressed in the future trade agreement talks because we don’t want to have any tariffs with the EU and, as far as I can see, they don’t want to have any with us.”

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Media caption“There will not be checks on goods going from NI to GB,” Boris Johnson tells Conservative supporters

The well being secretary added that the best way wherein customs declarations will work “will be determined by the agreement that we strike”.

“For occasion, we do not need to have any tariffs with the EU, that could be a matter for the longer term relationship and the prime minister is speaking about how we’ll negotiate this, which isn’t but agreed.

“What is agreed is how we go away.”

On Friday, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer tweeted that Mr Johnson’s remarks to Conservative Party members in Northern Ireland prompt he “both would not perceive the deal he has negotiated or he is not telling the reality”.

In a video of the assembly, which has appeared on social media, businessman Irwin Armstrong requested Mr Johnson if he may inform his workers “we won’t be filling in any customs declarations for good leaving Northern Ireland to go to GB”.

Mr Johnson replied: “You can.”

He added: “If anyone asks you to do this, inform them to ring up the prime minister and I’ll direct them to throw that type within the bin.

“There will be no forms, no checks, no barriers of any kind – you will have unfettered access.”

On Friday, broadcasters questioned Mr Johnson about his remarks.

He informed reporters: “Northern Ireland and the remainder of GB are a part of the UK customs territory and there may be no checks between items working in a single customs territory.

“We’re the UK – we won’t be instituting such checks.”

Mr Armstrong, who stated his firm makes small shipments to pharmacies in the remainder of the UK, was unsure Mr Johnson was being “completely severe in his reply”.

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