Boris Johnson rejects claims he had to back down from telling EU to ‘go whistle’ over ‘Brexit bill’ – Politics live

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Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, said he would not divulge any cabinet committee discussions about the proposed Irish deal but said “whatever agreement reached has to be consistent with the UK taking back control of its laws, borders and cash”.

During the Q&A after his speech, he also defended himself from claims that he had been defeated on the levels of money being given to the European Union as part of the deal, saying his remarks about the EU needing to “go whistle” were made at a time when sums as high as £80bn or £100bn were being discussed. (See 12.15pm.)

We need to get going, franchement [frankly], with the second part of the talks.

That’s the exciting bit.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has warned it does not want to return to an era when sex offenders, human traffickers and burglars use the Irish border to evade capture.

The deputy chief constable of the police force said 20 years ago there was a huge problem with aggravated burglaries on elderly with criminals fleeing across the border north or south to escape justice.

Criminal gangs did evade us using the border. We’ve worked hard over the last 20 years to make sure that’s not the case.

What we want to concentrate on is that we don’t diminish where we are a the moment, that our relationships are maintained [post Brexit].

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