The Irish nationalist party Sinn Féin, winner of the recent elections in Northern Ireland, has reproached the government of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for its support for the political blockade led by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) that It prevents the resumption of the Northern Irish self-government.
The DUP has prevented the election of a new Speaker to the Northern Ireland Assembly to attempt to force changes to the Protocol of the Brexit on Northern Ireland which according to the unionists supposes the effective customs separation of Northern Ireland from Great Britain.
“Johnson is in cahoots with the DUP to make it difficult to form a government in Northern Ireland,” said Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. “The PM is supporting the DUP recklessly and cynically in a calculated game on the protocol of Brexit“.
This Saturday the highest governing body of Sinn Féin met in Dublin and it is scheduled that on Monday it will be Johnson who will visit Belfast to meet with the leaders of the region.
“The DUP has not only prevented the formation of a government, but also tries to veto the operation of the Assembly. It is outrageous,” added McDonald.
“And the British government has helped the DUP in this blocking tactic. They must desist and when we meet Boris Johnson on Monday we will make that very clear to them,” he stressed.
“Tory Govt in cahoots with DUP blocking of Executive and Assembly. No regard for urgent needs of families and workers in a cost of living crisis. No regard for hard won peace and stability. No regard for the Good Friday Agreement. All pawns in British bad faith brinkmanship pic.twitter.com/oVSJ8xndIg“
— Mary Lou McDonald (@MaryLouMcDonald) May 14, 2022
Besides, has warned of the “danger” of London taking a unilateral decision on the Protocol.
Historic victory of the former IRA political arm
“We are going to make it clear that the Protocol is not going to disappear. It is necessary for the Brexit defended by the Conservative Party and the DUP,” he explained.
“The British Government cannot use Ireland as a pawn. We are not going to be collateral damage in the Brexit negotiations.”
Sinn Fein has won 27 of the 90 seats in the Assemblyfrom Northern Ireland and is the first political force ahead of the DUP (25) and the Alliance Party (17).
The Ulster Unionists Party has nine seats and the Social Democratic and Labor Party has eight seats.
The opening session of the new Parliament Northern Irish is scheduled for the next Friday.
It is the first time that the Republicans have won an election since Northern Ireland’s self-governing institutions were created as a result of the 1998 Good Friday Agreements that ended decades of armed political violence in Northern Ireland and the surrender of the Republican Army’s weapons Irish (IRA).