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Brexit: Why Johnson’s claims of an open Irish sea border are mere fantasies

The PM has promised unfettered trade between GB and NI but as experts make clear, his guarantees do not withstand scrutiny

By Alex Dean  

The Port of Belfast. Photo: Han Yan/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

The status of Northern Ireland has proved one of the thorniest questions of the Brexit process. Theresa May’s attempt to carve out a special deal for the province sunk her premiership. We now enter the transition with Boris Johnson claiming he has struck the perfect agreement, which avoids a land frontier while guaranteeing unfettered access for NI and GB firms. All four parts of the UK have apparently left on equal terms; there will be no barriers to goods…

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