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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Politicians in Northern Ireland are trading accusations over the recent eruption of violence in the province – with some arguing Brexit is to blame for the unrest and others pointing the finger at Sinn Fein’s breach of Covid-19 rules.The Stormont Assembly has been recalled to meet on Friday after dozens of police officers were injured over several days of violence across different towns with young people apparently throwing petrol bombs and setting patrol cars on fire.The unrest, apparently driven by anger within loyalist communities, has been relatively little noticed in Great Britain – a sign that Westminster politicians tend to be keen to ignore events in Northern Ireland until they can no longer hold out, as happened throughout the Brexit process.The i politics newsletter cut through the noiseEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.Naomi Long, leader of the Alliance Party which is neutral on the constitution and opposed Brexit, claimed that the UK Government and DUP were partly responsible for failing to be open about the consequences of leaving the EU and the requirements of the Northern Ireland protocol which imposes some controls on goods crossing the Irish Sea.She told the BBC: “They offered people ‘unfettered access’, which is not the case, and they denied the existence of borders even as those borders were being erected, and I think that dishonesty and lack of clarity has contributed to a sense of anger in some of our communities.” Read More Eight arrested, including 13-year-old boy, after rioters attack police in Belfast First Minister Arlene Foster insisted the trigger for the outbreak of anger was the decision not to prosecute Sinn Fein politicians, including her deputy Michelle O’Neill, for attending a prominent republican’s funeral last year in defiance of coronavirus regulations.
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.”Boris Johnson is under pressure to intervene – Labour’s shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Louise Haigh said: “Where communities need to see leadership from the Prime Minister, there is instead a vacuum. That is having consequences.” Police leaders have accused “sinister elements of society” of taking advantage of young people in loyalist areas as “cannon fodder”.The EU’s ambassador to London, João Vale de Almeida, insisted that despite anger over the Northern Ireland protocol it was the only possible mechanism to keep the Irish border open after Brexit. He said: “The protocol is the solution for the problems created by Brexit in Northern Ireland and that’s where I believe we should focus.”
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