“Brexit thwarts democracy in Northern Ireland”, Seán Golden (CIDOB, Spain)

The UK has proposed overriding provisions of the Northern Ireland Protocol, a precondition of the EU-UK free trade agreement. The EU has already taken legal action in response. There could be a trade war. In the recent election, Unionists lost the majority in Northern Ireland. But, even if sixty per cent of the elected representatives oppose the legislation and defend the Protocol, Unionist obstructionism prevents the formation of a new government. The people of NI are hostages of an internal UK Conservative Party struggle and have no democratic control of their destiny. 

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