London – A progressively unified Ireland is the main concern of the Democratic Unionist Party historically loyal to Westminster and to the separation of Belfast government from the rest of Ireland. As now pro Ireland re-union Sinn Fein won recent elections last month and needs to form a new government in Stormont, the DUP is obviously blocking this.
How the NI post Brexit Protocol enters into this political fight: Boris Johnson as we know, lost a significative part of his MPs’ support. The DUP as Tory former ally and present supporter is now concerned that the rule on trade now regulating NI as it’s different to the one regulating trade with the EU in the rest of the UK, is creating a de facto re-unification of Ireland, though not a political one, as yet.
Video – DUP Ian Paisley Jr said that Northern Ireland post Brexit Protocol “has created a virtual economic united Ireland and that the EU has tried “to drive that forward”, The DUP did not support the Protocol when this was signed. In the video also Samuel Wilson Chief Whip of the Democratic Unionist Party. House of common debate, second reading of bill – 27 June 2022
Hence the strong opposition to the NI Protocol which is a domestic matter on which depends not just Ireland’s threat of future reunification and political end of DUP, but also the future of the Tory government.
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs
Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokeswoman for Foreign Affairs
Johnson in fact needs DUP support when facing future challenges from within the Conservative Party as MPs are talking of allowing the chance of a second no-confidence vote.
As a matter of survival, it’s not surprise Boris and friends said they’re ready to breach international law “because they’re patriots”. This emphatic patriotism has been vastly derided on media across the country as it’s not hard a difference to tell what Johnson and allies want and what the country needs instead.
Political power strategies and the interest of the country (and it’s people) are at odds here.