Self-appointed Brexit “hard man” Steve Baker has admitted that Boris Johnson’s “solution” to the Irish border can’t actually be implemented yet.
Johnson’s new offer to the EU proposes that the whole of the UK, including Northern Ireland, would leave the customs union – requiring checks on some goods flowing between the North and the Republic.
Johnson suggests that technology would be able to solve any delays associated with these checks – thereby preventing a hard border. However, Baker has admitted that this technology would “take some time” to implement.
Speaking on BBC Newsnight last night, the Brexit fanatic was stumped by a question from Emma Barnett, asking why a recent parliamentary report said that technological solutions would only be available in two to three years.
Baker, who was part of the group of MPs who assessed these measures, said: “We did recognise the full suite of alternative arrangements would take some time to implement.”
To this, Barnett posed the even trickier question: “Hang on, are you actually saying the Prime Minister has written to the EU saying we can do something that we can’t actually do yet?”
After this, Baker’s tough guy facade melted, and he quickly tried to change the subject.
Essentially, if MPs and the EU sign up to Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan, they would be placing their faith in the vague hope that technological solutions (that, by the way, have never been implemented anywhere else in the world) will be able to deliver a seamless border in Northern Ireland and uphold the peace process.