Head-on collision: Hardening British rhetoric and the NI Protocol

Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
Saturday, May 22, 2021
In the space of a week, what was slow progress on the Northern Ireland Protocol has turned into a dangerous stand-off. London has synthesised its critique of the EU's approach to the Protocol: it is guilty of a rigid approach to its implementation that is blind to unionist sensitivities. Europe’s insistence on checks and controls on food entering Northern Ireland from GB are disproportionate to the overall risk to the EU’s single market and consumer health. Unionist alienation is unsustainable, and therefore the Protocol, as is, poses a direct threat to the North’s institutions, and to the Good Friday Agreement itself. This is the charge sheet.
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