Responding to contradictory reports between the Government and the Prime Minister on the status of check and controls between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has condemned the "bizarre incoherence" of Boris Johnson's position. The Prime Minister has denied that there will be checks in the Irish Sea, despite saying previously that some checks would be needed. Noting that leading Scottish Conservatives have said that any special status for Northern Ireland would undermine the integrity of the United Kingdom, Mr. Carmichael argued that the situation was unsustainable.
Mr. Carmichael said:
"The bizarre incoherence we are witnessing is frankly astonishing. I cannot recall a Government so committed to self-contradiction as this one, as the Prime Minister denies the reality of the deal as outlined in civil service documents and denies his own words spoken just a few weeks ago.
"Even under the most charitable interpretation the Prime Minister doesn't know what is in the Withdrawal Agreement he negotiated. Whether this is conspiracy or cock-up it is a remind of how unsuited Boris Johnson is to be Prime Minister."
"Once again I feel I have to remind the Conservatives that creating a new border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK is unacceptable to anyone who believes in the integrity of the United Kingdom. This is exactly what Ruth Davidson and Scottish Secretary David Mundell told the previous Prime Minister last year and nothing has changed since. To support such a division in our country is unsustainable."