Leo Varadkar has slammed Britain’s ambitions to overrule portions of the Northern Ireland protocol, claiming that they are “breeding mistrust in EU capitals” and driving Northern Ireland’s public sentiment toward leaving the UK.
Liz Truss unveiled proposals for new legislation on Tuesday that would empower ministers to amend elements of the protocol, including eliminating the requirement for inspections on goods entering Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom.
Mr Varadkar has claimed that this strategy jeopardises the EU’s mended relationship, saying at a dinner in Dublin on Tuesday night that it is “breeding mistrust in EU capitals.”
The action, according to Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister, is driving majority public sentiment toward a united Ireland. In an interview with RTE radio, he said: “If they keep trying to impose on Northern Ireland things that Northern Ireland doesn’t want, that surely drives more people towards [Irish] nationalism and away from support for the union. It just seems a bit puzzling.”