BBC Newsnight fury as Tory MP clashes with host over Boris’ attempts to ...

Boris Johnson has been locked in talks with EU officials this week as he tries to agree a Brexit deal before the European summit. Parliament will sit on Saturday in order for Mr Johnson to be able to pass his deal through the Commons before being forced to request an extension to Brexit.

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In order to try and reach a deal, Mr Johnson has made concessions on the Northern Ireland backstop.

Overall, he has replaced the backstop with a mechanism allowing Northern Ireland to reject or approve border plans.

With those concessions in mind, Sir Bernard revealed that he thought there was a chance the deal would get through Parliament on BBC Newsnight.

Sir Bernard was quizzed over a past clip where Mr Johnson had previously stated that no Conservative Prime Minister would ever put a border in the Irish Sea.

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Brexit news: The MP insisted there was a chance a deal could be doneBrexit news: The MP insisted there was a chance a deal could be done (Image: BBC)

However, quick to defend Mr Johnson, the Tory MP quickly insisted that the Newsnight host was merely “speculating” over the details of the deal have not yet been released.

Stating that the “inferences” emanating from certain officials seem to be moving towards a customs barrier, Sir Bernard once again tried to clear up the matter.

The Tory MP said: “What was contemplated at one stage was that there would be a regulatory and customs frontier between the island of Ireland and the UK, which is now gone.

“What is now contemplated is that there will be regulatory alignment between Northern Ireland the Republic and that there will be perhaps different regulation in the UK.”

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