Boris Johnson was widely criticised for failing to address the Irish border question in his recent speech on Brexit – but that silence was probably for the best judging by his comments on the issue this morning.
The Foreign Secretary has compared the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to the border between two London boroughs.
And he said the Irish border issue created by hard Brexiteers like him could be resolved with a little inspiration from the London congestion charge:
“There’s no border between Camden and Westminster.”
— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) February 27, 2018
He revealed his cunning plan after Irish government warned at the weekend that the hard Brexit being pursued by the Government would create tensions and risk a return to violence if it led to customs checks being reimposed.
Labour MP and Open Britain spokesman Chris Leslie said Johnson showed “stupefying ignorance” of the situation. He concluded:
“Now we know why Boris Johnson didn’t mention the problem of the Irish border once in his big Brexit speech last week: because he simply doesn’t understand it.”
Remember when a delicate peace deal that ended a decades long conflict between Westminster and Camden was thrown into jeopardy but saved by the introduction of the congestion charge?
No, us neither. Let’s hope Johnson’s not made Education Secretary next…