The Prime Minister promises to deliver a “tough message” to get Stormont’s executive branch up and running after Sinn Fein triumphed in last weekend’s general election
Boris Johnson is due to visit Belfast this week to smack up Sinn Féin and DUP.
The Prime Minister promises to deliver a “tough message” to get Stormont’s executive branch up and running after Sinn Fein triumphed in last weekend’s general election.
Unionists say they will not join a power-sharing deal that would allow Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill to become First Minister until the protocol with the EU is scrapped.
Mr Johnson is desperate to renegotiate the Brexit deal that keeps the country bound by EU rules to ensure the border with the republic remains open.
He will tell political leaders they need to get back to work tackling “bread-and-butter issues” such as the cost-of-living crisis, Covid residues and crime.
But he will say that unless the EU backs down, “there will be a need for action,” which could mean parts of the protocol being suspended.
And he will make it clear that that doesn’t mean getting rid of it, as there must always be a treaty governing Northern Ireland’s relations with the EU.
He will add that a reformed protocol must be the “common goal” of the UK and EU.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnson-visit-belfast-deliver-26966309 Boris Johnson visits Belfast to deliver 'tough message' to Sinn Fein and DUP