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The chancellor, Sajid Javid, has confirmed that the UK will have no alignments with EU regulations and standards after Brexit, which is a direct contradiction to what Boris Johnson said during the general election.

In December, Johnson told workers at the Nissan plant in Sunderland that his EU withdrawal agreement would protect standards and industrial requirements.

Speaking directly to staff at Nissan, he said:

It is absolutely vital we protect the supply chain, it is absolutely vital we protect Nissan motors and we make sure people continue to invest in our country - and they will.

I think, what business, large and small want to see is certainty about the arrangements.

The thing about the deal we have got ready to go, is that as I say, it does protect the supply chains and keeps them intact and makes sure we have complete equivalence when it comes to our standards our industrial requirements and the rest of it.

As we come out, it is all protected

However, it would now appear that Johnson's pledge to those people in Sunderland, just over a month ago has already fallen apart, like so many of promises made about Brexit.

Speaking to The Financial Times, Javid contradicted the promises made by the prime minister.

There will not be alignment, we will not be a ruletaker, we will not be in the single market and we will not be in the customs union - and we will do this by the end of the year.

We're... talking about companies that have known since 2016 that we are leaving the EU. Admittedly they didn't know the exact terms.

Following Javid's statement, the footage of Johnson making his pledge to the staff at Nissan began to circulate on Twitter once again with the added irony of it now being completely untrue.

HT Chronicle Live

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