Brexit news latest – Boris Johnson says he’ll consider triggering Article 16 of NI protocol in bid to avoid hard border

BORIS Johnson has said that he’ll consider triggering Article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol in a bid to avoid a hard border in the Irish Sea.

In the Commons at Prime Ministers’ Questions, Mr Johnson suggested that he could respond in kind if there was no resolution to the issue of goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

“We will do everything we need to do, whether legislatively or indeed by triggering Article 16 of the protocol, to ensure that there is no barrier down the Irish Sea,” he told MPs.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions today, the PM said “It was most regrettable that the EU should seem to cast doubt on the Good Friday agreement, the principles of the peace process”.

“We will work to ensure that there are no such borders, we will respect the peace process and, indeed, no barriers down the Irish Sea” he added.

His comments come amid spiraling tensions in Northern Ireland, where anonymous threats have been made against UK and EU customs officials over border checks on goods travelling from Northern Ireland into Britain.

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