Fury at EU ‘subjugation’ plot to ‘tear up’ UK with Brexit deal – Frost handed new plan

NI Protocol issues ‘at heart of broader mistrust’ says Frost

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Jamie Bryson, an author and commentator, spoke to Express.co.uk about the dangers of the Protocol and the impact it has on Northern Ireland. Mr Bryson had previously written a book entitled ‘Brexit Betrayed – Writings From the Referendum To The Betrayal Act’ which, according to his Twitter account, argues the “betrayal of NI has its roots in the Belfast Agreement & explores how the Brexit deal undermines the sovereignty of the UK”.

The author told Express.co.uk: “The EU far from protecting peace in Northern Ireland has actively endangered it, not least by its irresponsible rewarding of Irish Government threats of violence.

“The Protocol tears up the principle of consent and fundamentally undermines the constitutional position of the United Kingdom.”

Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the UK, has recently claimed that he has the answer to solving the dispute over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Speaking about the Government’s agreement, Mr Blair said: “They signed it and now they want out of it.”

He added: “Now, I think there are ways through it.

“My institute will publish a paper in the next couple of days, setting out a series of practical steps that we believe could resolve this issue.”

Mr Bryson added: “I am an opponent of the Belfast Agreement, but even its most ardent cheerleaders within unionism cannot come up with any plausible reason as to why any self-respecting unionist should continue to support it.

“It is absurd that the EU proceed on the basis that we should be somehow thankful that they will in some small way reduce checks on an internal border they propose to impose on our country.

“What sovereign country in the world would tolerate such subjugation?

“Maggie Thatcher went to war for the sovereignty of the Falklands, yet it seems our Prime Minister cannot even take the elementary step of protecting a core part of his own country.

“If we take a 1930s analogy; the PM is behaving like Chamberlain when the survival of the Union requires a Churchill.”

Boris Johnson vowed that he would rather a “negotiated solution” arose in discussions about the Protocol, rather than avoidable measures.

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The Prime Minister said: “Let me say – given all the speculation – that we would rather find a negotiated solution to the problems created by the Northern Ireland Protocol, and that still seems possible.

“But if we do invoke Article 16 – which by the way is a perfectly legitimate part of that Protocol – we will do so reasonably and appropriately.

“Because, we believe it is the only way left to protect the territorial integrity of our country, and meet our obligations to the people of Northern Ireland under the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.”

Mr Johnson added in the Commons: “There is no question that the use of Article 16, which has already been done by the EU Commission to stop vaccines from being exported into this country, it is something that is perfectly legal within the powers of the protocol.”

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