Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill hails ‘new era’ in Northern Ireland after victory
Sinn Fein has celebrated a historic win in Northern Ireland assembly elections, which could threaten a new Brexit headache for Boris Johnson.
The republicans are now the largest party in Stormont for the first time. But unionist DUP – who won just a few less seats – have ruled out joining an administration with them unless there are major changes to the post-Brexit deal.
The deadlock will increase tensions between Westminster and Brussels, with the UK insisting all options remain on the table – including the possibility of unilaterally scrapping elements of the deal.
That could trigger a major breakdown in relations between the UK and the European Union.
Over in Westminster, Boris Johnson is planning to announce new laws that will “deliver on the promise of Brexit” as he looks to bounce back from a bruising set of results for the Tory party.
The British prime minister said he would reveal a “super seven” of Brexit Bills which will cut red tape and “unnecessary barriers inherited from the EU” in the Queen’s Speech next week.
Raab admits Northern Ireland protocol putting stability at risk
Dominic Raab, the deputy prime minister, is doing the half rounds this morning. He kicks them off talking about Northern Ireland on Sky News.
“I think above all what we want to see if the United Kingdom is stability,” he said.
He told Sky News this would be established by parties “coming together” to form an executive, but also warned stability was being “imperiled” by problems with the Northern Ireland protocol.
The deputy prime minister was challenged over the fact this post-Brexit agreement was his party’s making. “This Northern Ireland protocol was what you imposed,” interviewer Sophy Ridge said.
Mr Raab claimed there would not be the “same level of problems” if it had been implemented with “flexibility”, “goodwill” and had not been used as a “political device”.
Zoe TidmannMay 8, 2022 08:37
Plan to revive town centers
One of the “Brexit Bills” is about trying to revive struggling town centres.
It will include plan to rid high streets of “derelict shopfronts” and restore neighborhood pride, with councils given extra powers to force landlords to rent out empty shops.
Other measures will include the ability to make the pavement cafes which sprang up during the Covid-19 pandemic a permanent part of the town center landscape.
Here is what Gary Neville has to say:
Zoe Tidmann8 May 2022 08:32
New ‘Brexit Bills’
Boris Johnson is planning to announce the new laws which will “deliver on the promise of Brexit” in the Queen’s Speech, he told the sunday express.
“I call them the super seven – and they will benefit families and businesses across the land by changing old EU rules that don’t work for the UK,” he said.
Zoe Tidmann8 May 2022 08:15
Sinn Fein hails ‘new era’ after historic win
Sinn Fein has hailed a “new era” for Northern Ireland as the Irish nationalist party swept history aside and emerged the largest political force at Stormont assembly for the first time.
Michelle O’Neill, the party’s leader north of the border, challenged the Democratic Unionist Party to drop its obsession with Brexit checks and “work together” to restore the collapsed power-sharing executive.
Zoe Tidmann8 May 2022 08:02
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Zoe Tidmann8 May 2022 08:00
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.