There is a new spat between British and Irish lawmakers over the contentious Northern Ireland Protocol after Ireland’s foreign affairs minister, Simon Coveney, was warned that Ireland and the EU left the border issue in a “mess.”
While political tensions over the EU agreement are building, Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister, is scheduled to visit the country on Monday. The DUP had previously stalled elections for a new speaker of the UK parliament unless action was guaranteed.
Lord Moylan, a Conservative peer, said: “If Ireland and the EU had insisted the people of Northern Ireland were consulted before having the Protocol imposed on them, all this could have been avoided. But they insisted they weren’t consulted… and now look at the mess, Simon Coveney.”
Fine Gael European affairs spokesman Neale Richmond responded on behalf of his colleague by saying that Northern Ireland “opposed Brexit,” “accepts the Protocol,” and that it has been consulted on the issue.