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BORIS Johnson was hounded from the Commons yesterday and dodged questions on a hard border for Northern Ireland.

Labour MPs heckled and jeered the Foreign Secretary as he rushed from the chamber after Prime Minister's Questions.

Johnson was branded a "disgrace" after failing to come to the Commons dispatch box to respond to his suggestion in a memo that a hard border in Northern Ireland remained a possibility.

Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry described Johnson's absence as a "huge discourtesy".

the She added: "It's an absolute disgrace and a huge discourtesy to this House that the Foreign Secretary is not here to answer the questions of his memo. What is he afraid of?" Johnson was left red-faced at PMQs when Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn ridiculed him for comparing the area around the Northern Irish border to the boundary between London boroughs.

is thornberry The Tory compounded his folly in a leaked letter to PM Theresa May suggesting that a hard border in Ireland would be needed - something that has repeatedly been ruled out by ministers.

The border row reignited yesterday after EU's Brexit plans emerged, suggesting that Northern Ireland remain within the EU customs union to avoid a hard border.

In the Commons, May said "no British leader could ever agree" to the draft EU withdrawal agreement which proposes splitting the UK.

The draft text - which seeks to place the withdrawal agreement forged in December on a legal footing - outlines three options to ensure the border on the island of Ireland remains open.

The text stated: "The territory of Northern Ireland, excluding the territorial waters of the United Kingdom ... shall be considered to be part of the customs territory of the Union."

May said the draft legal text published by Brussels would "undermine the UK common market and threaten the constitutional integrity of the UK by creating a customs and regulatory border down the Irish Sea."

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier insisted he was not trying to "provoke" the UK with the proposals on tackling the vexed Irish border issue.

May said: "No UK Prime Minister could ever agree to it. I'll be making it crystal clear to president Juncker and others we'll never do so."

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