what is the northern ireland leak about?

Corbyn says leaked report provides ‘evidence’ Johnson ‘misleading people’ about his Brexit deal
Sarah Marsh, Groon, Dec 6 2019

Jeremy Corbyn has produced a leaked report on Northern Ireland and customs checks, saying it is “cold hard evidence” that Boris Johnson had been “misleading” people about his Brexit deal. Corbyn said Johnson claims there will be “no border in the Irish Sea” but that “is simply not true”. He brings forward a report, marked “official sensitive” and says it shows that Johnson’s deal will be “highly disruptive” for Northern Ireland. The confidential document, entitled Northern Ireland Protocol: Unfettered Access to the UK Internal Market, was revealed at a press conference in central London. The Labour leader said it was proof there would be customs checks between Great Britain and Northern Ireland after Brexit. He said:

What we have here is a confidential report by Johnson’s own government, marked official, sensitive, that exposes the falsehoods that Boris Johnson has been putting forward. This is cold, hard evidence that categorically shows the impact a damaging Brexit deal would have on large parts of our country. High street goods are likely to increase in price, which is likely to affect business profitability. If that is how Johnson defines a good deal for Northern Ireland, what has he got in store for rest of us?

The Labour leader highlighted page 9 of the report, which says Johnson’s “damaging deal may have a significant effect on the economies of Scotland and Wales.” He said that the government was hiding this information and described the document as “ominous.” Corbyn said:

What we have here is a confidential report by Johnson’s own government, marked official sensitive, that exposes falsehoods Boris Johnson put forward. It is cold, hard evidence that shows the impact a damaging Brexit deal will have on large parts of our country. The document drives a coach and horses through the Prime Minister’s claim that there will be, in his words, no border in the Irish Sea. It’s simply not true. Johnson’s deal will be disastrous for businesses and jobs all across the UK, and the Government’s confidential report confirms this.

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