Have EU politicians misrepresented Northern Ireland? Britain’s Foreign Secretary thinks so. The conflict continues to intensify as a result.
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In the dispute over Brexit rules for Northern Ireland, British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has accused the EU of a lack of respect. Some EU politicians tried to undermine Northern Ireland’s status as part of the United Kingdom, Raab told Sky News on Sunday. “We have seen a number of EU leaders talking about Northern Ireland as if it was a different country,” said Raab. That is insulting and leads to great worry and great concern.
“Imagine we were talking about Catalonia, the Flemish part of Belgium, one of the German federal states, northern Italy or Corsica as if they were other countries. Respect is required here.” The foreign minister stressed that Britain could not allow any further trade problems. The behavior of the EU is contrary to the wishes of the people in Northern Ireland and is damaging the peace process in the former civil war region.
Previously, on the sidelines of the G7 summit, leading EU politicians had warned the British Prime Minister to comply with the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol, which London and Brussels had agreed in the course of the Brexit treaty. This protocol stipulates that Northern Ireland de facto remains part of the EU customs union in order to prevent a hard border with EU member Ireland.
However, this created a customs border with the rest of the United Kingdom, delivery problems and riots, mostly by Protestant supporters of the Union with Great Britain, were the result. As a result, London unilaterally extended some transition periods, and the EU is threatening legal action.