GB News: Arlene Foster reveals reason for joining channel
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Ms Foster claims the present circumstances in Northern Ireland should see the implementation of Article 16 of the protocol. The former leader of the DUP claimed in a piece written today in the Daily Telegraph that there was a “well-worn mantra of the protocol protecting the peace in Northern Ireland” emanating from the EU. However, the unionist politician suggested instead that “the protocol does not protect the Good Friday Agreement”.
The Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998 and ended over three decades of violence in Northern Ireland.
The international agreement ensures peace in Northern Ireland that suffered one of the most compact and brutal armed conflicts in western Europe in recent memory.
Known as “The Troubles” more than 3,500 people were killed in the conflict, of whom 52 percent were civilians.
However, Ms Foster asserts that the claim made by the EU that the Northern Ireland Protocol ensures peace, “is nonsense”.
The former First Minister of the Northern Ireland assembly went on to state that “the EU continues to stick its head in the sand” over the issue.
The EU holds fast to the fact that the protocol ensures there is no hard border on the island of Ireland and so ensures the peace brought about by the Good Friday Agreement, which has been held since 1998.
The unionist politician disagrees with the implementation of goods checks on products moving between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
She maintains that there is no need for the heavy-handed approach by the EU as the UK and Brussels have standards and regulations that are mostly the same.
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Although she added that “there is no recognition of this in the application of the rules”.
She then wrote: “The European philosophy of proportionality has been disregarded.”
Ms Foster’s frustration stems from the fact that post-Brexit the protocol has ensured that “Northern Ireland has to abide by the rules of the EU single market without giving Northern Ireland any democratic say in the drafting of the rules.”
The former DUP leader then said the protocol even breaches Article 6 of the Act of Union of 1800, however, during that historic period the whole of Ireland was within the United Kingdom.
Ms Foster believes that behind the diplomatic wrangling with Brussels over the sea border between Northern Ireland and Britain is a since that the EU “is using Northern Ireland to punish the UK for having the temerity to leave”.
She added: “I strongly suspect that the EU will continue with its belligerent attitude to the protocol.
“They will continue to ignore the damage being done to Northern Ireland economically, politically and socially.
“The chairman of Marks and Spencer has already warned that Christmas will be different this year in Northern Ireland, with higher prices and less choice.”
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