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Europe

Is border trade 0.5% of UK-EU trade?
14 February 2019

CLAIM: There are approximately 100 lorries per day crossing the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, and cross-border trade represents 0.5% of UK-EU trade.

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INACCURATE

This claim is inaccurate. There are 5,900 lorry (heavy goods vehicle) crossings daily. Cross-border trade represents 0.97% of UK-EU trade; alternative figures may be due

Economy

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Europe

Do our farmers receive 62% of income from EU?
5 February 2019

CLAIM: 62% of income received by farmers in Northern Ireland comes from the European Union.

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ACCURATE

This claim is accurate. The average payment received from the EU (£27,648) in 2016-17 represented 62.4% of total farm income (£44,305). This ratio fluctuates with

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Europe

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Explainer

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Peace

Semtex and powdered milk: A history of Ireland-Northern Ireland border checks
22 January 2019

EXPLAINER: a history of Ireland-Northern Ireland border checks, both customs and security

At an event in London on 15 January 2019, Arlene Foster (Leader, DUP), stated that during the Troubles there has not been a hard border

Europe

Do 77% of young people not want Brexit?
6 December 2018

CLAIM: 77% of young people in the UK don’t want Brexit.

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INACCURATE

This claim is inaccurate. Polls for Great Britain show support from those aged 18-24 for remaining in the EU at between 57% and 71%; for

Europe

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Health

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Law

Do Northern Ireland pets need passports for Ireland?
5 October 2018

CLAIM: Pet owners travelling from Northern Ireland to Ireland require “EU pet passports”.

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ACCURATE

This includes your pet being marked by a transponder (microchip) and vaccinated against rabies. There are presently no border checks for pets (as official policy);

Europe

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Law

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Peace

Are there 208 Ireland-Northern Ireland border crossings?
8 June 2018

CLAIM: There are 208 border crossings between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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UNSUBSTANTIATED

It is extremely difficult to accurately establish the exact number of border crossings, as many informal routes have been established since border infrastructure was removed

Economy

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Europe

Does Northern Ireland sell 60% of its goods to Great Britain?
12 March 2018

CLAIM: 60% of sales from Northern Ireland go to Great Britain.

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ACCURATE

This claim is accurate; however the true figure is closer to 56%. The following article is based on a research article published by Full Fact and is

Europe

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Law

Do 30,000 people cross Ireland-Northern Ireland border daily?
27 April 2017

CLAIM: 30,000 people cross Ireland-Northern Ireland border daily.

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ACCURATE

This claim is accurate. Indeed, this may be a low estimation, excluding train and other road journeys. Updated on 28 April 2017 With Brexit looming

Europe

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Peace

Must the SoS call a post-Brexit border poll?
18 July 2016

CLAIM: The voting results from Northern Ireland of the EU referendum compels the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to call a border boll.

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INACCURATE

This claim is inaccurate. The Secretary of State may bring forth a border poll when presented with evidence that a majority of electors may choose

Europe

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Law

What is EU to Northern Ireland net migration?
23 June 2016

CLAIM: Over a quarter of a million people migrate to the UK from the EU every year.

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ACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION

The claim is true, but it doesn’t include the number of people migrating from the UK to the EU: net migration in 2015 was +184,000.

Economy

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Europe

Is Northern Ireland a net contributor to the EU?
15 June 2016

CLAIM: Northern Ireland is a net contributor to the EU.

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INACCURATE

This claim is inaccurate. We estimate that Northern Ireland was a net recipient of £74 million in the 2014/15 financial year. Others have claimed that

Europe

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Health

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Law

Are foreigners a financial strain on the NHS in Northern Ireland?
1 June 2016

CLAIM: "The health service in Northern Ireland will especially benefit from the requirement for foreigners - including those from the Republic of Ireland - to pay for hospital treatment" - Sammy Wilson (Belfast Telegraph, 19 May 2016)

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INACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION

Under a variety of different circumstances, foreigners do pay for access to health care already. The proposed legislation would seek ways to extend the scope