Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has admitted that the EU’s so-called Northern Ireland Protocol was “imposed” on the British province without the consent of the population, and that he has “regretted” the way this was done.
Northern Ireland is an integral part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – as the country’s name implies – but it remained in practice within the EU and subject to EU law and EU judges to a very large extent with regard to customs. and regulations after Boris Johnson submitted to a barely rehashed version of the half Brexit negotiated by Theresa May.
This arrangement, the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol, has caused much anger among British trade unionists in Northern Ireland and even sparked violence, with the introduction of what many believe is a maliciously over-enforced customs border between the UK and Northern Ireland. Ireland has proved a particular source of contention – and one that has led to a situation where Northern Ireland’s power-sharing regional government has been unable to form for months on end.
“In the same way that Brexit was imposed on Northern Ireland without bi-community support, the Protocol was imposed on Northern Ireland without bi-community support,” said Varadkar, who led the EU member state of the Republic of Ireland at the time. it is negotiated, in an interview at the globalist World Economic Forum (WEF) summit in Davos, Switzerland.
“Ironically, the Conservative and Unionist parties have left the British Union in the saddest and most dangerous state of disintegration it has ever faced. Northern Ireland has been sold on to the EU,” writes @eastantrimmp. https://t.co/d2mkIFgqah
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Remarkably, Varadkar went on to admit that he could understand why UK trade unionists were unwilling to accept the protocol, acknowledging that it had created internal trade barriers within the UK and had “reduced links [and] weakened the union between Northern Ireland and Great Britain” while not allowing local people to “[have] a proper word about how it works’.
“The Northern Ireland Protocol has never had the support of [British] union members and will never benefit from union support. It was imposed against the will of union members,” Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) – a pro-Brexit party and the biggest unionist political force in the province – said in comments reported by the BBC.
“While the Taoiseach’s comments are welcome, rather than focusing on the past, London, Dublin and Brussels must now redouble their efforts to replace the protocol with arrangements that unionists can support,” he added, using Varadkar’s Irish-language title.
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