UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has come under harsh criticism for comments that compared the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland to the boundaries separating London from its neighbouring boroughs, saying a seamless border can be established if it is treated in the same way as tolls (congestion charges) in the British capital.

The opposition Labour Party slammed Johnson’s comments as “typically facile and tactless.” In a statement to the BBC, Labour’s Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Smith accused the former Mayor of London of “glibly dismissing the concerns of thousands of families and businesses who live and work along the border.”

Theresa May’s government has made clear that it will not hold on to its commitment for full regulatory alignment on both sides of the border.