Cathal Mac Coille: Johnson is gaslighting unionists, Ireland and the EU alike

Political stability in the North is best served by close cooperation between the Irish and British governments, not brazenly irresponsible duplicity on the part of the British prime minister

7th February, 2021
Cathal Mac Coille: Johnson is gaslighting unionists, Ireland and the EU alike
Boris Johnson: the British prime minister’s habitual lying made the past week’s explosion of unionist anger almost inevitable Getty

Ursula von der Leyen’s carelessness was the direct cause of the row over Northern Ireland’s Brexit protocol, but Boris Johnson’s dishonesty was a contributory factor and makes another row almost inevitable. The only real doubt is the scale of the havoc the British prime minister’s duplicity will cause before the next dispute will be settled, and the Irish government’s ability to contain it.

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