If the Guardian is not omitting context here

Johnson says there will be no checks on goods between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, just some “light touch measures”. “The most important point is that even these measures automatically dissolve unless the majority of Stormont vote to keep them,” he says.

Is that true for the actual Johnson-EU deal? I was under the impression he conceded to the EU the opposite default, i.e. that measures don't "dissolve" unless Stormonts votes against them, which is not quite the same thing since Stormont has trouble meeting at all. As summarized by the BBC the deal entails:

If the Northern Ireland Assembly votes against the new arrangements, they would stop applying two years later [...]

So is Johnson's statement correct nonetheless or somehow out of context?

  • 2
    Why do you ask this here and not at politics.SE?
    – Schmuddi
    Oct 22 '19 at 13:18
  • @Schmuddi: because it fits the Skeptics format. Politics is not off-topic here.
    – Fizz
    Oct 22 '19 at 13:19
  • Isn't this a question "about unresolved current events and issues currently under investigation by a court of law, government, or other similar investigative body", which would be "off-topic because there is insufficient data for a meaningful answer"?
    – Schmuddi
    Oct 22 '19 at 13:20
  • @Schmuddi: no, there's is an actual deal that that is referring to, which has even been put into text both as an agreement between the UK and the EU and now as a UK bill (going through Parliament today). My question is simply about the content of this document. If you think there's a legal or political dispute about its interpretation (already), you can make that into an answer.
    – Fizz
    Oct 22 '19 at 13:23
  • As far as I can tell the statement is correct, but I could only find German news outlets to source that. And I have been utterly unable to find out what would happen if there's no extension, which somehow would need to be added to make an answer worthwhile...
    – DevSolar
    Oct 22 '19 at 13:32

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