Ministers meet with NI loyalist paramilitaries to solve post-Brexit border issues

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Ministers meet with loyalist paramilitaries in Northern Ireland to solve post-Brexit border problems that sparked violence

  • The cabinet ministers met with a delegation from the Loyalist Communities Council
  • Came amid ongoing disputes over Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit border
  • The Brexit deal left NI bound by a range of EU customs and regulatory rules
  • It has led to loyalist violence in recent weeks, with several police officers injured

Senior ministers of Boris Johnson’s government met with representatives of loyalist paramilitaries on a visit to Northern Ireland, it was revealed today.

Brexit Minister Lord Frost and Northern Ireland Minister Brandon Lewis met a delegation from the Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) on Monday to discuss Brexit concerns.

The meeting, which is sure to raise eyebrows, came amid ongoing disputes over Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit arrangements.

Border problems under the Northern Ireland Protocol agreed with Brussels in December led to loyalist violence in recent weeks, injuring several police officers.

Downing Street did not deny that the meeting took place, with the prime minister’s official spokesman saying it was important to ‘communicate widely’ with communities in Northern Ireland.

“The UK government meets regularly with groups and individuals from all parts of the community and it is important that we hear divergent views,” he told reporters.

“We will continue to do our utmost to ensure that the British Government can achieve its goals in Northern Ireland.”

Border problems under the Northern Ireland Protocol agreed with Brussels in December led to loyalist violence in recent weeks, injuring several police officers.

Border problems under the Northern Ireland Protocol agreed with Brussels in December led to loyalist violence in recent weeks, injuring several police officers.

Brandon Lewis

Brandon Lewis

Lord Frost

Lord Frost

Brexit Minister Lord Frost and Northern Ireland Minister Brandon Lewis met a delegation from the Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) on Monday to discuss Brexit concerns.

The protocol, which was included in the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement to help avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, has bound Northern Ireland to a series of EU customs and regulatory rules, effectively creating a barrier with Britain originate.

The protocol, which was included in the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement to help avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, has bound Northern Ireland to a series of EU customs and regulatory rules, effectively creating a barrier with Britain originate.

The protocol, which was included in the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement to help avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, has bound Northern Ireland to a series of EU customs and regulatory rules, effectively creating a barrier with Britain originate.

Lord Frost urged the European Union to take a ‘common sense, risk-based approach’ to the Northern Ireland Protocol, warning that the current way of working was not sustainable.

The protocol, which was included in the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement to help avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, has bound Northern Ireland to a series of EU customs and regulatory rules, effectively creating a barrier with Britain originate.

In a statement, the LCC confirmed that a ‘small delegation’ of its members met with ministers on Monday.

The delegation stressed the need for a significant amendment to the NI Protocol to bring it back into line with the Belfast Agreement and to reflect the marked change in Northern Ireland’s status as a result of the imposition of the Protocol. , to delete.

The members briefed Lord Frost on the efforts they needed to make to appease the wider union community and called on him to ensure that the Prime Minister honors his commitments to search, and if necessary pass legislation unilaterally, to reach agreement on a workable alternative. . ‘

The LCC is also aiming to meet with the Vice-President of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic, “to ensure that he understands how the Belfast Agreement has been violated by the protocol”.

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