What's Happening To Northern Ireland?

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It breaks my heart to see violence return to Northern Ireland. Over the Easter weekend groups of loyalist youths threw petrol bombs, set cars alight and fought the police, injuring dozens of officers. After years of peace in the region I fear we are on the brink of a return to violence. All because of Boris Johnson's oven-ready Brexit deal that created a border between Northern Ireland and the UK mainland against the wishes of the Northern Irish people who he just doesn't appear to care about.

 

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Nowhere is the failure of Brexit more painfully apparent than in the border Johnson created between the UK mainland and Northern Ireland. It’s where all the arrogance, complicity, ignorance and not giving a crap about the people of Northern Ireland comes together in one ugly betrayal. It’s Brexit’s symbolic shame and the BBC (the Tory's propaganda machine) barely mention the story.
 

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This is Boris Johnson about a year ago lying to Northern Irish businessmen that his "oven ready deal" wouldn't mean any more paperwork for them to fill in when moving goods between Northern Ireland and the mainland.

 

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Boris Johnson has finally commented publicly on the mess he has created in Northern Ireland. He said "I am deeply concerned by the scenes of violence in Northern Ireland, especially attacks on PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) who are protecting the public and businesses, attacks on a bus driver and the assault of a journalist".

His fake deep concern isn’t enough: the lies he put on the side of a bus during the referendum campaign almost cost a bus driver his life.

Almost as disappointing is how the people in other parts of the UK, especially England, seem almost uninterested about what is happening there. The BBC News website is more interested in a story about Kim Kardashian's wealth than they are about serious rioting in part of our country. They are all complicit in the shambles.

When George Orwell said "A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims... but accomplices" he could have been talking about the UK public and this Tory government.
 

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A sad appalling state of events, over the last number of days. Water cannon was used on the seventh night of unrest, yes water cannon. Everyone should consider that tomorrow marks 23,years since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. The pen is always mightier than the sword and it's good to talk, as the BT advert slogan went. Therefore our elected politicians and other people in authority should put their cultural differences aside, for the greater good and TALK! Sadly what has happened has happened a resolution is paramount. The World is watching!
 

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The scenes in Northern Ireland almost make me want to weep. It's just so sad to see especially considering that Northern Ireland had come such a long way since the Troubles ended. I agree with @Jock Og that all parties need to get together and talk to find a resolution, just condemning the violence achieves little.

Northern Ireland has long had 2 significant different political opinions: one that wants to be closely aligned with the rest of the UK and another than wants to be more aligned with the Republic. It hard to see how that can be resolved without tearing up Boris Johnson's oven ready Brexit deal and instead having the whole of the UK within a EU region of free trade and movement of people.

John Major and Tony Blair were right when they said Brexit would put the future of Northern Ireland at risk.

 
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