Brexit 'Dogma' Puts Northern Ireland at Risk of Terrorism, Hain Says

Reckless slurs’ Brexiteers slammed for undermining Northern Ireland peace treaty

Theresa May has been forced to reaffirm the United Kingdom government's commitment to the Good Friday Agreement, after several leading Brexiters suggested the accord had run its course.

"Most immediately, that means making all possible efforts to secure the operation of the devolved institutions of the Good Friday Agreement".

"It is disappointing that agreement has not yet been reached between the parties, but we do still believe that the basis for an accommodation exists", said the spokesman.

Her comments, coming swiftly after similar comments made by the former Conservative Northern Ireland secretary Owen Paterson and pro-Brexit MEP Daniel Hannan, were also roundly condemned by Labour's shadow Northern Ireland secretary, Owen Smith, who questioned their timing.

"I have yet to see anybody provide a sensible solution to the Irish border issue and Good Friday Agreement without both sides of the border being in the customs union", former Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain said in an interview Tuesday.

Despite the evident strains and difficulties the Irish government and its officials and diplomats are insisting that a deal can yet be done to restore a power-sharing in Stormont.

Mr Hannan said his objections to the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) "were not on orange or green grounds but on democratic grounds".

Lord Trimble told BrexitCentral that it was "rubbish that Brexit will undermine the Good Friday Agreement".

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Jones said: "I just think once the game's done and dusted that's the game, you can't have retrospective refereeing of decisions being done".

Tweeting the piece, Paterson remarked that the agreement had "outlived its use".

Nearly immediately his retweeting of the article was branded "beyond irresponsible" by shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer.

"Regulatory alignment is as important as the issue as customs and tariffs".

"What the Good Friday Agreement at its very core represents is peace, it is the first time we have properly had an accommodation between the peoples of this island and the peoples of our island in many a hundred years".

"Those institutions are now experiencing severe strain; the imposition of a hard Brexit carries with it the potential to dismantle the architecture of our peace process". Before Christmas it appeared that a definitive position had been adopted.

"I am not prepared to allow this to continue". It would prove a decisive moment of leadership which holds the potential to finally turn the Brexit tide in all of our favours.

"While there may be occasions in which you may need to provoke people I would not do it for the sake of setting up a cabinet committee".

"We would also call on the UK Government to ensure that any future trade agreements negotiated with countries outside the European Union should include a requirement recognising and protecting the GI of the three all-island spirits", she said.

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