British Government behaving like ‘rogue state’ over Brexit – Anderson

A ‘rogue’ British government cannot be allowed to scrap its commitments under the Brexit Withdrawal deal or the Good Friday Agreement, Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has said. 

Commenting ahead of a Sinn Féin motion to be debated in the Assembly on Monday, the former MEP urged the international community to put pressure on London to honour the commitments it has signed up to. 

Martina Anderson said: “This British Government is increasingly acting like a rogue state, boasting about its intentions to break international law and clearly prepared to undermine the agreement and institutions that underpin a hard-won peace in Ireland. 

“The Irish Protocol within the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement is not perfect but it at least guarantees there will be no hard border in Ireland, protects jobs and our economy and protects the rights and institutions of the Good Friday Agreement. 

“By contrast, the legislation proposed by the British Government to hollow out the Withdrawal Agreement would give British ministers the power to disapply and dismiss the democratic mandate of the Assembly and Executive. 

“This is a direct attack on the Good Friday Agreement and has serious implications for its political institutions. 

“The Sinn Féin motion before the Assembly will call for the Irish Protocol to be honoured and implemented as agreed. This is in the best interests of all citizens across the island and I would urge all parties to recognise that. 

“We will also be calling on the Dublin Government, the EU and the international community to again stand firm in defence of the Irish peace process and in opposition to the increasingly reckless actions of the British Government led by Boris Johnson.”