An agency claiming to represent loyal military organizations has told Boris Johnson that the outlaw is withdrawing support for Northern Ireland’s historic peace deal.
Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) said groups are temporarily withdrawing their support for the Belfast / Good Friday deal amid growing concerns about the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol regulating trade in the Irish Sea after Brexit.
However, they stress that the opposition to the protocol should remain “peaceful and democratic”;.
The 1998 pact adopted by the Loyal Soldiers 23 years ago ended decades of violence and built a faithful sharing power at Stormont.
Britain’s ministers are facing backlash from trade unionists who fear the Brexit protocol threatens Northern Ireland’s position in Britain’s internal markets.
The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and other trade union parties are pushing for the removal of the protocol, saying it has pushed for economic links between the region and Great Britain, destroying the union.
The letter, sent to Johnson, said the military’s stance will continue until protocols are revised to ensure “unimpeded access to goods, services and people across the UK”.
It added: “If you or the European Union are not prepared to comply with the entire agreement, you will be responsible for the permanent destruction of the agreement.”
The breakthrough comes as the UK government took a unilateral action on Wednesday to extend the grace period limiting documents related to the movement of agri-food products from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.
The EU has criticized the move, claiming it risks breaching protocol requirements.
Goods arriving in Northern Ireland from Great Britain are subject to additional processes and scrutiny since the Brexit transition ended on 31 December.
The bureaucracy was set to be significantly intensified once the grace period was over. From that point, supermarkets and other retailers must have an EU export health certificate for agricultural food products from Great Britain.
The letter to the Prime Minister was written by David Campbell, President of the LCC.He wrote a similar letter to Irish Micheál Martin.
The LCC represents the Ulster militia, the Ulster Defense Association and the Red Hand Commando, responsible for the mass deaths in the 30 years of the conflict.
Loyalist militants and Republicans signed principles such as a commitment not to violence during discussions that led to the signing of the Belfast Agreement in exchange for their release. Premature prisoner
The letter said: “ We are concerned about the ongoing disruption of trade and commerce between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. But our main objection is more fundamental. “
It said that during the Brexit negotiations, the government and the EU said it was crucial to protect the Belfast deal and the built-in safeguards for the two main communities in Northern Ireland. The letter said that the implementation of the protocol “Repeatedly violating those purposes”
Campbell insists that LCC leaders are committed to that opposition to protocols should be kind. “Peace and Democracy”
“However, please don’t underestimate the feeling of this problem in the union family,” he wrote.
The protocol was designed to prevent solid bordering on the island of Ireland by allowing Northern Ireland to comply with EU trade rules.
It has put some of the goods traveling from the UK to a halt as suppliers struggle to beat the extra red tape.
Police noticed increased displeasure in the union community. Simon Burns, Chief of Police at the Northern Ireland Police Service (PSNI), previously warned of a “fever” atmosphere and urged people to step away from the violence.
Inspectors at the port were temporarily withdrawn from duty this year in response to the grim graffiti. But they resumed their work after police insisted there was no credible threat to them.
Last week, Stormont’s DUP Agriculture Minister Gordon Lyons took a break on preparations to build a permanent audit of the Irish sea trade at the port.
That move, the legality of the executive colleagues did not affect ongoing audits, as these took place at temporary ports.