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Boris Johnson’s downfall could be accelerated by an unexpected argument in a Belfast courtroom

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Pic: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Pic: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Pic: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Not known for his forensic attention to detail, Boris Johnson is unlikely to have been closely following events in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court at Belfast’s Royal Courts of Justice. But what is transpiring there before Mr Justice Colton could be a key moment in the British prime minister’s downfall because it threatens to unravel his lies around the Irish Sea border.

Two weeks ago, the judge heard a judicial review case taken against DUP minister Edwin Poots who in February ordered his officials to stop Northern Ireland Protocol checks on goods. The court case was complicated from the outset, but complexity was heaped on complexity when a new argument was introduced by Northern Ireland’s former attorney general, John Larkin.


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