PM's stance puts Belfast deal at risk, says Powell
The Guardian|January 03, 2022
PM’s Brexit ideology putting Good Friday peace at risk – Powell
Lisa O’Carroll

One of the architects of the Northern Ireland peace deal has said Boris Johnson and the former Brexit minister David Frost have risked “all the work” the previous generation of politicians put into the Belfast Good Friday agreement by putting their hard ideological beliefs ahead of people.

Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair’s former chief of staff and chief negotiator on Northern Ireland said he was concerned that neither the prime minister or the recently resigned Brexit minister seemed to understand or care about the fragility of the political settlement in Northern Ireland in 1998.

He also questioned why Lord Frost had made the issue of the European court of justice a red line in negotiations on the Northern Ireland protocol when it was neither responsible for the practical difficulties in trade or the identity politics that has been heightened by the row over the Irish sea border.

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