“The EU didn’t come up with Brexit!” Pro Brussels lacky, Neale Richmond blast Boris Johnson over wanting to change the NI Protocol.

An Irish parliamentarian has criticised Boris Johnson’s government for trying to create an alternative to the Northern Ireland Protocol against the desires of the EU and the Irish government. 

“The EU didn’t come up with Brexit!” Pro Brussels lacky, Neale Richmond blast Boris Johnson over wanting to change the NI Protocol.

Fine Gael’s European Affairs spokesperson Neale Richmond TD has been a vociferous opponent of Brexit and the UK’s Protocol reform demands. 

Mr Richmond stated: “We hear how everything has to come back to the changing of the EU’s existing mandate.

“Now I keep forgetting back to the referendum campaign, it’s so long ago when we’ve gone through the ideas so many times over and over again, but I am pretty sure the EU didn’t come up with Brexit.

“I’m pretty sure that EU didn’t create this mess that has occupied the hearts and minds of far too many people and caused chaos on this island for over six years.

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“But yet it’s always the EU that has changed position.

“It’s always the EU’s mandate that’s brought into question.

“It’s never the fact that we have a British Government that has consistently gone from winning a referendum 52 percent to 48 percent, talking about never leaving the single market that was the words of the current Prime Minister himself to going to the hardest possible Brexit.

“But no, no it all comes back to the EU.

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“And without changes to this mandate, we cannot fix the problems, of course, we can fix the problems, but yet this British Government runs away from the most obvious solution of an EU UK SBS veterinary agreement because of course it always comes back to the EU because it has nothing to do with Brexit the responsibilities thereof.”

The Fine Gael politician’s involvement comes as the Protocol conflict threatens Stormont powersharing. The DUP has refused to re-establish a devolved administration after the recent election in protest of trade barriers with the rest of Britain. 

Many unionists and loyalists reject the convention, believing its inspections on goods crossing the Irish Sea threaten Northern Ireland’s status in the UK. In protest over the Protocol, the DUP has obstructed the election of a speaker and creation of an Executive. 

Sinn Fein deputy president Michelle O’Neill said the Northern Ireland Assembly must “get down to business” and deliver for the people, while DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson called the recall motion a “stunt.”

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Sir Jeffrey said: “When you consider that for three long years, and on a number of occasions during that period when this Assembly was recalled to elect a speaker, that Sinn Fein on each occasion absented themselves from those proceedings.

“Most people out there will take with a pinch of salt Sinn Fein’s new-found determination to restore working institutions that they abandoned for three years.

“And if they think that pulling a stunt like this next Monday is going to change things then they really don’t understand unionism and our determination to stand our ground until we get the decisive action that is required to move us all forward.”

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