The Brexit deal between the UK and the EU is causing concerns about the collapse of the Good Friday Agreement peace deal. Maros Sefcovic, the European Commission’s vice president, claims that any deal regarding Northern Ireland will be within the existing protocol.
However, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has made it clear that it will not support any deal that keeps the Protocol in place, while Brexiteer Baroness Hoey warns that the Belfast Agreement could be shattered.
Baroness Hoey also suggests that President Biden should cancel his trip to Northern Ireland in April due to the potential risks.
Biden had planned to visit Northern Ireland to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, but the White House is waiting for the situation to resolve before officially announcing the trip.
The US Democrats have been pressuring the UK to comply with EU demands on the Protocol, and the situation has left little room for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to maneuver.
The DUP is urging Sunak to find solutions to the practical problems the Protocol is causing for families and businesses in Northern Ireland, while addressing the democratic deficit.
Meanwhile, concerns about the risk of a return to violence in Northern Ireland have been underscored by posters of Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadker with the quote, “The possibility of a return to violence is very real!”
The posters have been spotted all over Northern Ireland, leading to fears that peace in the region may be in peril.
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