UK proposes new Brexit plan to avoid customs checks in Ireland

LONDON, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson proposed a new Brexit plan aimed at removing the need for customs checks at the Irish border, calling the EU-backed approach a “bridge to nowhere”.

Johnson’s plan, published by the UK government, says the revised agreement “should make a firm commitment to avoiding customs checks, regulatory checks, or related physical infrastructure at the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland”.

The Northern Ireland Assembly would get to approve the arrangements first and vote every four years on keeping them.

In a letter to European Commission’s president, Jean-Claude Juncker, the British prime minister said the new proposals “respect the decision taken by the people of the UK to leave the EU, while dealing pragmatically with that decision’s consequences in Northern Ireland and in Ireland”.

The UK is set to leave the EU on 31 October and the government has insisted it will not negotiate a further delay beyond the deadline. Speaking at the Conservative Party conference earlier on Wednesday, Boris Johnson said the only alternative to his Brexit plan was no-deal.

Source: Kuwait News Agency