Boris Johnson is risking the peace in Northern Ireland by reneging on the Good Friday Agreement, EU claims

A lorry passing an anti-Brexit placard at the Ireland-Northern Ireland border crossing in Killeen.

Boris Johnson has made a fool of himself again, it seems – by threatening the future of peace in Northern Ireland, if EU officials are to be believed.

They say he is reneging on pledges to uphold the Good Friday Agreement by failing to support moves to avoid a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.

And what clever timing that they’re saying this right before Mr Johnson is due to meet Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar!

EU bosses say the open border is not a desire or preference, but a legal obligation.

According to The Guardian,

North-south cooperation was a pillar of the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement and covers a swathe of policies such as transport, agriculture, health, education, environment and tourism.

The vast web of cooperation means, for example, that patients and ambulances can cross the border, freshwater loughs are jointly protected and Ireland’s single electricity powers millions of homes.

Since coming to office, Johnson has vowed to get rid of the backstop, a fallback plan to avoid a hard border that would see Northern Ireland maintain many EU rules, and the whole UK stay in a customs union with the EU.

[But} a UK government spokesperson firmly rejected suggestions the government was not committed to the Good Friday agreement. “We are committed to the common travel area, to upholding the rights of citizens of Northern Ireland, to ongoing north-south cooperation, to retaining the benefits of the single electricity market. We remain firmly committed to peace in Northern Ireland and the Belfast agreement.

“The Belfast/Good Friday agreement neither depends upon, nor requires a particular customs or regulatory regime. The broader commitments in the Belfast/Good Friday agreement include parity of esteem, partnership, democracy and a peaceful means of resolving differences. This would be best met if we could explore solutions other than the backstop.”

Do you believe that statement from BoJob’s spokesperson?

After all the lies we’ve had from him, dating back long before he became prime minister, do you dare to?

Source: Johnson has reneged on Good Friday agreement vows, says EU | Politics | The Guardian

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  1. trev September 9, 2019 at 10:04 am - Reply

    “Why can’t he be called Murphy like all the rest of them?” – Boris has nothing but contempt for the Irish.

  2. Zippi September 10, 2019 at 11:24 am - Reply

    I’ve said it many times, BOTH sides need to sort this. Th E.U. seems to be primarily concerned with its Single Market and why won’t the Northern Irish M.P.s swallow their pride for 5 minutes, so that they can have some constructive input, after all, it is they and their constituents who will be disproportionately affected? There is too much game playing and not enough serious effort going into sorting this. A solution can be found, if there is willing but there are too many parties seeking political capital for their own agendas. I don’t believe ANY of them.

  3. Zippi September 11, 2019 at 5:14 pm - Reply

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