- By Guy Faulconbridge and Amanda Ferguson LONDON/BELFAST (Reuters) – Northern Irish loyalist paramilitary groups have told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson they are temporarily withdrawing support for the 1998 peace agreement due to concerns over the Brexit deal.
- Northern Ireland’s 1998 peace deal, known as the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement, ended three decades of violence between mostly Catholic nationalists fighting for a united Ireland and mostly Protestant unionists, or loyalists, who want Northern Ireland to stay part of the United Kingdom.
- They said they would not return to the deal until their rights were restored and the Northern Irish Protocol – part of the 2020 Brexit Treaty – was amended to ensure unfettered trade between Britain and Northern Ireland. “If you or the EU is not prepared to honour the entirety of the agreement then you will be responsible for the permanent destruction of the agreement.”
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