Boris Johnson contradicts Stephen Barclay on Brexit customs issue

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'Tell them to call me and I will tell them to throw the form in the bin': Boris Johnson insists Northern Ireland businesses will NOT have to fill out customs paperwork when they send goods to the rest of UK after Brexit as he contradicts Stephen Barclay Boris Johnson last night delivered address to Northern Ireland business leaders  PM defended Brexit accord with EU calling it 'a great deal' for Northern Ireland He reassured them there would be 'no forms, no checks' for trade with rest of UK Comments appear to contradict remarks made by Stephen Barclay last month  Labour said PM either 'doesn't know the details' of deal 'or isn't being straight'

By Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 10:38 GMT, 8 November 2019 | Updated: 15:40 GMT, 8 November 2019

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Boris Johnson has promised Northern Irish businesses they will not have to fill out customs declarations to send goods to the rest of the UK once Britain has left the EU as he appeared to contradict Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay. 

The Prime Minister told business leaders in Ulster last night that if anyone asked them in future to fill out paperwork they should tell them to call Number 10 and he would tell them to 'throw that form in the bin'. 

His comments seem to go against what Mr Barclay told the House of Lords Exiting the EU committee in October when he said: 'The exit summary declarations will be required in terms of NI to GB.'

Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, seized on Mr Johnson's remarks and said the PM 'either doesn't know the details of the deal that he has negotiated or isn't being straight about it'.  

Boris Johnson, pictured visiting a hospital in Mansfield today, sparked controversy after delivering Brexit remarks in Northern Ireland yesterday

Boris Johnson, pictured visiting a hospital in Mansfield today, sparked controversy after delivering Brexit remarks in Northern Ireland yesterday

Mr Johnson managed to delete the hated Irish border backstop from the Brexit deal as he replaced it with a complex set of customs arrangements.

Those last resort arrangements would effectively amount to customs checks being introduced in the Irish Sea.

It was thought that under the PM's deal Northern Irish businesses would have to fill out some paperwork to send goods to the rest of the UK. 

But Mr Johnson said last night that he could personally guarantee there would be no forms to fill out. 

He was asked at an election campaign stop by someone in attendance: 'Can I go back to my company in the morning and tell my staff we will not be filling in any customs declarations for goods leaving Northern Ireland to go to

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