Boris Johnson has told the BBC that 20 percent of all checks down the EU perimeter are now done in Northern Ireland following the ending of the post-Brexit transition period. However, the Prime Minister has backed the UK and the trading bloc to find a solution.
Mr Johnson said: “You will understand that there are ways of enforcing the protocol, ways of making it work, that may be excessively burdensome.
“I just give you one statistic: 20 percent of the checks conducted across the whole of the perimeter of the EU are now done in Northern Ireland, three times as many as happen in Rotterdam.”
He added: “I think we can sort it out”.
The Prime Minister also addressed reports that Joe Biden is concerned by the situation between the UK and EU.
The Prime Minister said: “The president didn’t say anything of the kind.
“But what I think you can certainly say … is that everybody – and that includes me, includes our friends in Brussels, it includes Washington – everybody has a massive interest in making sure that we keep the essential symmetry of the Good Friday Agreement, we keep the balance.”
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