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Boris Johnson’s lies on the protocol are about to blow up in his face

Sam McBride


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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is accused of using the protocol to deflect attention from his own scandals. Picture by Hannah McKay

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is accused of using the protocol to deflect attention from his own scandals. Picture by Hannah McKay

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is accused of using the protocol to deflect attention from his own scandals. Picture by Hannah McKay

Not known for his forensic attention to detail, Boris Johnson is to have been closely following events in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court at Belfast’s Royal Courts of Justice. But what is transpiring there before Mr Justice Colton could be a key moment in the British prime minister’s downfall because it threatens to unravel his lies around the Irish Sea border.

Two weeks ago, the judge heard a judicial review case taken against DUP minister Edwin Poots who in February ordered his officials to stop Northern Ireland Protocol checks on goods. The court case was complicated from the outset, but complexity was heaped on complexity when a new argument was introduced by Northern Ireland’s former attorney general, John Larkin.


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