Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, has hit back at the plan of Boris Johnson for Brexit. She claimed that it would “tear up” the promise of the United Kingdom to Northern Ireland.
In a series of interviews that were held on Tuesday afternoon, May tore into the Brexit vision of Johnson as it would see the necessity for customs checks on goods that are crossing the border of the United Kingdom with Ireland.
Her remarks came after Johnson started a stinging attack on the British Prime Minister in a highly-anticipated speech during a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference on Tuesday.
The former foreign secretary of the United Kingdom claimed that the so-called Chequers proposal of PM May – which would have the United Kingdom follow the rules of Brussels with regard on goods and agri-foods – was considered to be “dangerous and unstable.”
To a standing ovation, he called on the Prime Minister to “chuck Chequers” and start to push forward with a free trade deal with the European Union.
In an interview with the BBC, May stated: “Well there are one or two things that Boris said that I am cross about. He wanted to tear up our guarantee to the people of Northern Ireland.”
She added: “Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom. You know we are all, he and I, all members here are members of the Conservative and Unionist Party.”
May continued: That’s because we believe in the union of the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland is part of that union. And we have a guarantee for the people of Northern Ireland and we are upholding that.”
The Prime Minister has repeatedly claimed that there would be no hard border between the United Kingdom and Ireland after Brexit.
However, last Sunday, in an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr, she was not able to guarantee there would not be customs checks in case of a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario.
The rules of the World Trade Organisation, which the United Kingdom would have to abide by if no agreement with Brussels was reached would require border checks.
When PM May was reminded of this, she stated: “As a United Kingdom government we remain committed to doing everything we can to ensure no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.”