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Boris Johnson: Irish customs checks will be 'reality' after Brexit

Boris Johnson says the "reality" of Brexit is there will need to be customs checks on the island of Ireland after the UK leaves the EU. But the PM rejected claims that would effectively mean a hard border, in the form of a series of customs posts set five or 10 miles back. He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "A sovereign united country must have a single customs territory."He refused to give details, but said formal proposals would be made soon. Speaking in the Commons on Tuesday, Brexit minister James Duddridge said the government would "set out more detail on an alternative to the backstop in the coming days".He also said he wanted to "assure the House there will be no infrastructure checks or controls at the border". The UK i ...