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The last surviving Good Friday Agreement negotiators have accused the Prime Minister, US President, Taoiseach and Vice-President of the European Union of jointly threatening the peace process through the Northern Ireland Protocol.
In an open letter To Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Micheal Martin and Maros Sefcovic, the signatories declare that the Protocol has changed the constitutional status of Northern Ireland without the people’s consent.
The letter was written by former First Minister Lord David Trimble, Lord Kilclooney, Lord Maginnis, Lord Empey, PUP leaders Billy Hutchinson, Dermot Nesbitt, David Campbell and Gary McMichael.
The protocol was part of the Brexit withdrawal agreement and provided for a customs border in the Irish Sea leading to controls on goods that came to Northern Ireland from the UK.
In the past few weeks, peaceful demonstrations by opponents of the protocol have taken place in Cities like Newtownabbey and Markethill held.
Another protest in Carrickfergus Thursday evening revealed hundreds and organizers have vowed they will continue.
The April violence that spread across Northern Ireland and more than 100 police officers were injured in ongoing riots, partly attributed to the implementation of the protocol.
The open letter from union leaders states that the protocol “totally disregards” the territorial integrity of the UK.
“Consequently, you are collectively guilty of extraordinary anti-democratic behavior for breaking a fundamental principle of international law and jeopardizing the very peace process that you are supposed to protect and preserve,” he continued.
“We expect that You now immediately suspend the Northern Ireland Protocol and work with the representatives of the people of Northern Ireland to ne ue to make arrangements that are compatible with the guarantees and provisions of the Belfast Agreement and that require the assistance of both communities in Northern Ireland. “
The signatories added that they recommended that the unionized people ratify the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, convinced that the constitutional status of Northern Ireland would not change without a free vote and the consent of both communities.
In The letter stated that everyone in Northern Ireland was “adversely affected” by the protocol, while their political representatives were excluded from the negotiation process.
“Although the protocol makes repeated references to the agreement and the absolute necessity of maintaining it, the provisions have been made in strands two and three, which could have been used to achieve an integrative agreement, repealed for the duration of the negotiations, “it continues.
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