Boris Johnson, 55, joined Dan Walker, 42, on BBC Breakfast ahead of his speech at the Conservative party conference today. Discussing a whole range of topics which have unfolded since the Prime Minister took office earlier this year, the host quizzed Johnson about his mission to find a breakthrough to the Northern Ireland border backstop as the Brexit deadline looms.
Ahead of the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal being tabled at Brussels at the end of the month, Irish broadcaster RTE have reported the deal will propose customs clearance centres will be set up five to ten miles on either side of the border.
Trying to get down to the finer details of his plan, Walker asked Johnson: “It seems proposals we’re hearing about this morning with regards to the Irish border have not only gone down badly in our Ireland, but also in Brussels.
“What are the changes?” Walker asked.
Johnson replied: “As far as I can make out from what I’ve seen of the response from Brussels and I think Dublin, they’re not talking about the proposals we’re actually going to be tabling.”
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BBC Breakfast: Dan Walker grilled Boris Johnson at the Conservative party conference (Image: BBC)
“They’re talking about some stuff that went in previously,” the Prime Minister explained, referring to Theresa May’s, 63, deal which was rejected by parliament on several occasions.
Johnson stated: “There is a difficulty if you try to keep Northern Ireland in the customs union because one of the basic themes about being a country is you have single customs perimeter and you have a union."
As the Prime Minister failed to give the finer details