EU accused of aggravating Northern Irish tensions ‘Open Pandora’s box!’ | Politics | News

Anti-protocol campaigner Jamie Bryson has blamed the actions of the European Union and the Irish government for the heightened tensions in Northern Ireland. Demonstrations have been staged in recent months by trade unionists and loyalists who are angered by the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol which they say threatens the Union with Britain. Eggs saw power sharing in Stormont come to a halt.

Mr Bryson told “People like me and others were warning two and a half years ago, three years ago, when the Irish government went to the European Union and started using the threat of bombs from the IRA, for political purposes, people like me were saying to be very careful here.

“Because you’re going to set a precedent and if you set a precedent that says the threat of violence pays.

“So if you threaten to bomb IRA bonds and the result is that you are rewarded with a protocol that subjugates Northern Ireland, then it is only natural that Unionists.

“Right or wrong loyalists, I don’t take a position on that, but it’s only natural for loyalists to look at this and say, well, if this type of behavior is good enough to prevent a land border, why wouldn’t- isn’t that good enough to also get rid of the sea border?

“So these people created this, they opened Pandora’s box,” he added.

“Now no one wants to see violence of any kind, but the people who open Pandora’s box must take responsibility for their actions in relation to the situation they have created in Northern Ireland.

“There is no indication from the EU, Simon Coveney, Leo Varadkar that they are in any way willing to take responsibility for their actions.

“Actually most likely to probably double on it.”

UK governments will need to work together to help restore power sharing.

“If the UK government were to unilaterally cancel parts of the protocol, it would cause significant problems, not just in Northern Ireland and Dublin, but also across the European Union.”

But he stressed that the Irish and British governments will have to work together to help restore power sharing.

“It’s not going to be easy and deals like this don’t come quickly, as we know in Northern Ireland.”

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