Sinn Fein leader accuses Boris Johnson of “playing games” with Ireland for the sake of unionism.

Boris Johnson has been accused by Mary Lou McDonald, the leader of Sinn Fein, of “playing games” with Ireland for the sake of unionism.

The Sinn Fein leader told reporters in Dublin that she would meet with Prime Minister Johnson on Monday to discuss his Brexit discussions with the EU, accusing Johnson of “brinkmanship” and “using Ireland.”

She said: “Boris Johnson can’t play games with the people on the island of Ireland.”

“He has connived with the DUP to use Ireland, the north of Ireland, to use unionism in Ireland as a pawn in a wider game that is being played out with the European Union.”

“That is clearly a shameful tactic and approach and it’s one that is absolutely not acceptable.”

“We’ll meet Boris Johnson on Monday in the North and I know that Michelle, as First Minister I hope, we hope, will meet with the Taoiseach in the coming week.”

Adding: “The British Government have assisted the DUP in blocking tactics and this needs to stop.”

“Certainly when we meet Mr Johnson on Monday we will make that clear to him.”

After being asked about the UK government’s threats to the EU, she said: “We’ve been here before. The British Government threw out the process of Brexit and the negotiations and the ratification of the protocol.”

“They have not acted in good faith, they have consistently threatened to act and have acted unilaterally.”

“Let’s just be clear, the protocol is going nowhere, the protocol is a necessary outworking of Brexit, for which the Tory Party and the DUP campaigned.”

“The British Government cannot use Ireland as a pawn, we won’t be the collateral damage in the Brexit negotiations.”