Boris Johnson's Brexit team 'seeking to evade Irish Sea checks on goods'

Clay Curtis
February 26, 2020

Johnson's cabinet will meet on Tuesday to sign off on the proposals, which will then be presented in parliament and published online on Thursday, the report added.

In the October-December quarter, the average house price in Northern Ireland stood £178,800 - that's 7.8 per cent higher than the same period the year before and 2.8 per cent up on the June-August quarter.

Boris Johnson meets Croatia's prime minister, Andrej Plenković, in Downing Street.

Mr Cawley said the Republic could play an important role.

"The market has shown resilience in the face of external economic and geopolitical challenges, and as we establish more stable government at both local and United Kingdom level, we can be optimistic about continued growth".

Asked what the toughest issue would be, he told reporters in Brussels: "You can not say that there is one particular subject that will be the toughest".

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Bobby McDonagh tweeted: "If UK Gov were to renege on its legal obligations under Brexit Withdrawal Agreement to protect Good Friday Agreement it would have many consequences".

"But the time pressure is enormous, the interests are huge - it's a very complicated treaty - so it will be very hard work".

A sentence from the document, seen by the Guardian, says: "the envisaged agreement should uphold common high standards, and corresponding high standards over time with [EU] standards as a reference point". And, he said, the government had not asked any ports to prepare for new checks on goods moving between Britain and Northern Ireland.

He will refuse to accept any deal that compromises the country's "political and economic independence", according to Whitehall insiders. Croatia now holds the rotating six-month presidency of the EU.

The leaders spoke about the future relationship between the European Union and the UK.

Normally these Downing Street read-outs are epically uninformative - "the prime minister and President Trump spoke this evening and discussed a range of bilateral and worldwide issues", they told us last week - but this one contains some fresh words on the forthcoming UK-EU trade talks that are interesting, because they reaffirm Johnson's determination for the UK not to be "subordinate" to EU rules.

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