Boris Johnson urged by Habib to 'stop negotiating' with EU
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Speaking on his ‘Ben @10’ Unlocked UK video broadcast, Brexiteer Ben Habib slammed Boris Johnson for a failure of leadership over the chaos that has unfolded with the Northern Ireland protocol. The Unlocked UK founder called on Boris to “stop the negotiating” and “start leading”. His furious tirade comes as Brexit negotiator David Frost held a meeting with Maroš Šefčovič, the European Commission vice-president, on Thursday to discuss issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol. But Habib insisted Šefčovič and the EU want the UK to “bend over” on the issue and make a “concession”. Habib demanded the UK should not have to make such concessions given Northern Ireland is part of our country.
Furious Habib said: “If one thing ought to be clear to the Prime Minister and the British people by now is that we will never gain any kind of concession from Brussels that would suit the United Kingdom.”
He added: “The whole point about Brexit was to regain our sovereignty, was to be able to determine our own future ourselves.
“So why is that we find ourselves now having to go, yet again, cap in hand to Brussels to try to gain control of what is already ours?”
Habib stressed: “Remember, Northern Ireland, is part of the United Kingdom, it is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland!”
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He continued in his scathing attack saying: “But here we have David Frost still negotiating with Šefčovič in the hope that we might gain some concessions.
“The EU is not going to relent on Northern Ireland.
“The only way to sort it out is by unilateral action, exercising our rights as an independent sovereign state to take control of what is already ours.”
In a final damming statement The Unlocked founder blasted: “Stop the negotiating, start leading Boris Johnson!”
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On Sunday Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin defended the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol and warned people of “very serious harm” if Brexit continues to be weaponised.
The Taoiseach made the comments at his party’s annual 1916 commemoration at Arbour Hill Cemetery in Dublin on Sunday.
Violence has broken out in Northern Ireland in recent weeks, with unionist gangs angered in part over the Irish Sea border implemented after Brexit.
Mr Martin said the recent violence in Northern Ireland is what could happen when “sectarian tensions are left to grow” and “encouraged by political events.”
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As part of the UK and EU’s Brexit trade deal, the Northern Ireland Protocol means European checks and trade rules apply to goods entering the province from Britain.
Northern Ireland also remains part of the EU’s single market under the Protocol, which avoided the creation of a land border in Ireland – a key part of the 1997 Good Friday Agreement.
It comes after Lord Frost met with Maroš Šefčovič, the European Commission vice-president, on Thursday to discuss issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol, he later told the Financial Times after the meeting he was convinced solutions to “minimise” the Protocol’s impact could be found.
Mr Šefčovič said: “What we need is the good faith approach and the proper implementation of all the commitments [already] undertaken, so we see the system working, and then we can look at the risks which are associated with different measures being applied.”
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