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‘Brexit’ border will attract protest and violence - O’Loan

Thursday, 2 February 2017

‘Brexit’ border will  attract protest and violence - O’Loan thumbnailDuring the ‘Brexit’ debate last week, Baroness O’Loan told the House of Lords it should not be assumed Northern Ireland’s peace agreement will stand. GB09991 p1

NEW border arrangements created by the UK's decision to leave the European Union will bring "protest and violence" and hasten another poll on a united Ireland, according to Ballymena peer, Baroness Nuala O'Loan.
Addressing the House of Lords last week on the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, the Baroness said no-one should assume that our local peace agreement will stand.
She said she was sure the province faced another period of Direct Rule after this week's Assembly election.
Baroness O'Loan added: " I do not believe that our politicians will be able to form a Government, so to my mind Direct Rule is inevitable.
“That will create space for malefactors who will then argue that the Good Friday agreement has failed - and, of course, we still have active dissident and loyalist paramilitary groups that manage a large empire of drugs, fuel smuggling, people smuggling and so on.
“There are still a lot of guns in circulation and we continue to have shootings and bombings, so we cannot be complacent and I do not think we can suggest that there is nothing to worry about.
“Brexit will recreate the border between the north and the south.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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