Boris Johnson caught on camera ‘rolling his eyes’ at journalist’s Irish border question
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Boris Johnson caught on camera ‘rolling his eyes’ at journalist’s Irish border question

BORIS JOHNSON has been caught on camera appearing to roll his eyes in reaction to a question from a journalist concerning Ireland and Brexit.

RTE News reporter Sharon Tobin tweeted out a video of the UK Prime Minister appearing exasperated when asked whether he had visited the Irish border.

Mr Johnson was twice asked the question, first by RTE’sTommie Gorman and then by the Independent’s Kevin Doyle.

In both instances he refused to answer the question.

Mr Johnson was asked: "Prime Minister when you talk about people being found 'dead inditches' there's a sense in this country that you really don't understand what's at stake here.

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"When is the last time you did actually go to the border? Have you crossed the open border like ministers from 12 EU countries have? Do you still think that it's like crossing from Camden to Islington?

"Given that you've lost your working majority in the House of Parliament, will you be held ransom by the DUP in the same way Theresa May was?"

The UK Prime Minister appeared to roll his eyes at the repetition of his controversial Camden/Islington comparison.

He also laughed at the mention of the DUP in the latter question.

His reaction was met with widespread derision online, with one follower noting “As an Irish mammy would says "he's a right dirty looking eejit"”.

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Boris Johnson previously likened the challenge of avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland to the boundaries between different boroughs of London.

Back in February 2018, he said it was a "very relevant comparison" as money was "invisibly" taken from people travelling between Camden and Westminster when he was London mayor.
Mr Johnson, a former London mayor, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme there were "all sorts of things you can do" to solve the border issue.

"We think that we can have very efficient facilitation systems to make sure that there's no need for a hard border, excessive checks at the frontier between Northern Ireland and the Republic," he said.

"There's no border between Islington or Camden and Westminster... but when I was mayor of London we anaesthetically and invisibly took hundreds of millions of pounds from the accounts of people travelling between those two boroughs without any need for border checks whatever."

He added: "It's a very relevant comparison because there's all sorts of scope for pre-booking, electronic checks, all sorts of things that you can do to obviate the need for a hard border to allow us to come out of the customs union, take back control of our trade policy and do trade deals."