Labour leader reveals leaked document live on TV
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has appeared on TV to reveal leaked documents that expose what the Tory government really expects to happen under Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal – and it shows that yet again Johnson has been lying through his teeth to the people of the United Kingdom.
Corbyn’s press conference revealed that the leaked assessment anticipates economic disaster for not just Northern Ireland but across the UK – on a scale of additional cost to businesses equivalent to 400,000 jobs:
Some of the details of the damning report are below:
The great divide
Slide 2 of the government report confirms that the ‘unfettered access’ between the UK and Northern Irish markets that Johnson promised to UK and Northern Irish businesses is impossible without breaching EU law.
The same slide also quotes Article 6 of the Northern Ireland Protocol that says, “Nothing in the Protocol shall prevent the United Kingdom form ensuring unfettered market access for goods moving from Northern Ireland to other parts of the United Kingdom’s internal Market.” This means forms and formalities will be required for goods or services traded between the two, in many cases – according to slide 5 – with tariffs attached.
Slide 8 warns that these changes will be hugely disruptive and prohibitively expensive for the smaller businesses (SMEs) that make up the vast majority of UK/NI trade:
Customs declarations and documentary and physical checks on W/E and E/W trade will be highly disruptive…
SMEs are likely to struggle to bear this cost.
We can’t avoid it so let’s change the meaning
Johnson’s response to this? Slides 3 and 4 of the report indicate that he is trying to redefine the meaning of ‘unfettered’ because he knows reality does not and cannot match his promise.
Huge additional costs – lost jobs
The huge financial and administrative costs to businesses mean the potential for huge job losses.
Previous analysis found the administrative cost to business of these checks could be as high as £11.2 billion a year – leading to the potential loss of more than 400,000 jobs from the UK economy.
Crucially, Johnson’s government seems not to have even bothered to conduct any proper economic assessment of the impact of the deal across the whole of the UK – but the document makes absolutely clear that the government fully expects those consequences to be dire.
With the risks to British jobs and businesses, it’s absolutely clear that Johnson’s manifesto claim that his deal would provide certainty is an outright lie – both to businesses and to the UK’s people.
Boris Johnson – yet again – has been caught red-handed in a huge lie.
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