Boris Johnson warned of Brexit ‘BETRAYAL’ unless he makes EU trade deal change

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Bruges Group think tank director Robert Oulds argued Boris Johnson needed to discard the Northern Ireland protocol completely. During an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Oulds warned the use of the protocol would see Northern Ireland betrayed and run by the EU post-Brexit. He added that Boris Johnson would ultimately undermine the entire UK if he did this and must find ways around any borders whatsoever regarding Northern Ireland, Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Mr Oulds said: “Boris Johnson needs to honour his pledge to Northern Ireland and make sure it remains an integral part of the United Kingdom.

“With his Northern Ireland protocol, it means that Northern Ireland would essentially still be run by the European Union and there would be a border, so to speak, running down the Irish Sea.

“It is not in the interest of the United Kingdom or the economic interest of Northern Ireland either.

Mr Oulds reiterated the importance of taking all areas out of the European Union regardless of what Brexit trade deal is agreed.

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He continued: “Most of Northern Ireland’s exports go to mainland Britain, not to the Republic of Ireland or to the rest of the European Union.

“Boris Johnson simply has to deliver on this.

“Now if we do come out of the European Union fully on the 31st of December 2020, without there being an agreement or without the EU keeping their tentacles into Britain, hopefully Boris will get out of this agreement.

“He will make sure the Northern Ireland protocol is done away with and this can be done in a way that respects cross border trade.

“It would still respect the European Union’s single market.”

Mr Oulds added he and the Bruge Group Think Tank had put forward proposals to the Government to prevent back-door trade through Northern Ireland post-Brexit.

He continued: “To allow Northern Ireland to be under the control of Brussels essentially, on two different systems, it is untenable.

“Boris needs to really stand firm on that as he made pledges to the DUP in Northern Ireland so he must be firm.

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“To betray Northern Ireland would be breaking his word and undermined the United Kingdom and the economic interests of Northern Ireland.

“It would show to people that Boris Johnson’s word is not as strong as it should be.”

Despite the closeness of the end of the transition period, the UK and EU have confirmed they will continue talks in pursuit of an equally beneficial trade deal.

This comes after a brief deadlock after an ultimatum made by Boris Johnson over the EU’s reluctance to move on any of their red lines. 

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