Stop putting up with EU! Boris urged to ignore bloc as furious row erupts

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The Northern Ireland Protocol, and subsequent pseudo-border along the Irish Sea has meant goods arriving in the North from Britain must undergo customs checks. Following regular protests by Loyalist communities, many of which turned to violence, the DUP saw First Minister Paul Givan resign, causing the collapse of the power-sharing agreement in Stormont.

Venting his anger at the regulation being imposed by the EU, MP for Wokingham, John Redwood has taken to Twitter urging the PM to act.

In an angry Tweet directed at EU bureaucracy, Mr Redwood said: “How much longer is the government going to put up with EU preventing GB to Northern Ireland trade?

“Their illegal action has now brought down the power-sharing executive and damages the Good Friday Agreement.

“The U.K. should ignore the border the EU wants down the Irish Sea.”

Mr Redwood is not the only MP calling for action to be taken by Mr Johnson over the NI Protocol.

DUP MP Ian Paisley on Wednesday during PMQ’s claimed the protocol has “zero support from unionists” and called for Mr Johnson to “bring forward a solution that saves the union”.

Quoting a line from ta newly released film, Mr Paisley said: “The film Belfast contains the immortal words: ‘If you are not listening you probably don’t understand us and if you don’t understand us you are probably not listening’.

“The fact of the matter is the protocol has zero support from unionists.

“I hope the Prime Minister is listening to this, a solution that only attracts the support of one section of that community will never stand.

“Does the Prime Minister accept that he has now a responsibility to bring forward a solution that unites the people of Northern Ireland and bring forward a solution that saves the union that has been undermined by it?”

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However, some in the Government are optimistic the walkout by the DUP could be the catalyst required to spark action by the UK and EU to scrap the protocol, or at least find an alternative solution.

A senior Government source said yesterday: “We are hopeful of a big enough move from the EU in the next few weeks to convince unionists that things are moving in the right direction,

“If the Northern Ireland Protocol isn’t revolved by 5 May, the DUP probably won’t nominate a First Minister or Deputy First Minister, and that would put us in a very difficult place where we could have another long gap without an Executive.”

Current regulation in Northern Ireland dictates power must be shared between the two largest unionist and nationalist parties.

Sinn Fein has called for elections as soon as possible.

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It is widely expected Sinn Fein will continue their political surge, and see Michelle O’Neill take on the role of First Minister.

Mary Lou McDonald’s party has soared ahead in polls in Northern Ireland, with Sinn Fein on 25 points, and the DUP dropping to just 17.

There is genuine fear amongst unionist communities the Protocol will create an “all-island” economy, hence closing off Northern Ireland from Britain once and for all.

Writing in the Irish Times, Lord Paul Bew wrote: “The loose and vague use of the term ‘island economy’ in nationalist circles merely fuels the unionist fear that the protocol is essentially creating an economic united Ireland not just protecting the EU single market.

“This economic united Ireland created by the protocol will then, it is thought, undermine the union.”

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The Peer suggested action needs to be taken in order to preserve the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

He ended by saying: “Then link it with the objective of strand 3 of the Good Friday Agreement: “harmonious and mutually beneficial relationships” including, specifically, Northern Ireland/ GB relationships.

“The danger now is that we are witnessing the erosion of the historic compromise of 1998. It is worth acting with flexibility and pace to avoid such a disastrous outcome. Neither is this simply a requirement of conservation.”

Talks between the EU and the UK over the Protocol are ongoing.



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