It has now come to light that, as part of the government’s EU withdrawal agreement, there will be checks on goods crossing the Irish Sea post-Brexit.
In October, Boris Johnson made an agreement with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that these checks would take place at three ports: Belfast, Warrenpoint and Larner. However, weeks later, Johnson was caught on video telling businesses that there would be no such checks.
The Prime Minister made promises to people and businesses in Northern Ireland that he couldn’t keep, and this is the reality of the deal he signed up to back in October.
There are just 33 weeks until the new arrangements comes into force, and businesses are still in the dark.
Too much time has been wasted since October. Instead of slogans, what businesses in Northern Ireland need now from the government, above all else, is detail on what these new procedures will mean for them.