Kate Hoey calls for ‘mandatory coalition’ in Northern Ireland
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Kate Hoey joined Andrew Doyle on GB News’s Free Speech Nation podcast to discuss tensions in Northern Ireland over the Brexit protocol which has seen customs checks on NI-GB trade. Baroness Hoey discussed the political settlement in Northern Ireland which as seen Sinn Fein and the DUP share power in a mandatory coalition since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. However, Hoey argues that Sinn Fein does not want Northern Ireland “to be successful” and “make difficulties out of everything.”
Baroness Hoey said: “The problem is we don’t have normal politics in Northern Ireland.
“There has to be a mandatory coalition between Sinn Fein and the DUP.
“And you are working for a government in Northern Ireland, no matter what anyone says, with one party that does not want Northern Ireland to be successful.
“Why would they want a united Ireland.”
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The Brexiteer peer added: “So it is not in their interest.
“So they make difficulties out of everything.
“I think what is so sad is there is a huge Irish diaspora in Great Britain.
“Who doesn’t have that hatred of the British that Sinn Fein tries to install all the time.”
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Ms Hoey insisted the Northern Ireland trade row is an attempt by the EU to “punish” the UK for leaving the bloc.
“The protocol will have to go one way or the other,” Ms Hoey told GB News.
“I am hopeful that everyone will see sense,
“People in this country…in Great Britain who were Leavers will understand this is much more than about Northern Ireland.
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“This is about actually the EU wanting to punish us still for leaving their little club.”
Asked whether there was the possibility of a return to kind of violence seen during the dark days of the Troubles, Ms Hoey replied: “All of us are urging that not to happen.”
It comes as Katy Howard a sociologist at Queen’s University Belfast warned Northern Ireland’s peaceful protests could “escalate.”
Ms Howard told DW News: “There are some people who think that violence in various forms expresses how serious you are. I know that the vast majority of people in Northern Ireland do not want to see anything like that. But it doesn’t take too many people to create a situation in which peaceful protest can escalate into something violent.”
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