La Jornada – Unionists from Northern Ireland agree to block the installation of Parliament

Belfast. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) announced yesterday that it will block the operation of the new Parliament in Ulster to protest against the post- Brexit in that nation of the United Kingdom, aggravating the political paralysis after the historic victory of the Republican party Sinn Fein.

“Today, the DUP will not support the election of a president of the assembly,” announced its leader, Jeffrey Donaldson, whose front defends the membership of Northern Ireland to the British crown.

Without the appointment of a new leader after last week’s regional legislative elections, the Northern Ireland autonomous chamber will not be able to function.

This had to meet for the first time yesterday after the victory of Sinn Fein, former political arm of the armed group Irish Republican Army (IRA) and advocate of reunification with the neighboring Republic of Ireland, in the elections last day 5, for the first time since the partition of the island a hundred years ago.

But the DUP, now the second-largest political force in the region after traditionally heading the local government always formed in coalition with the Republicans under the 1998 Good Friday peace deal, refuses to appoint a deputy prime minister as long as controls remain in place. customs of the Brexit between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, which imposes the so-called “Northern Ireland protocol” negotiated by London and Brussels.

Donaldson reiterated his strong opposition to this text, which he accuses of undermining the place of Northern Ireland in the country. Sinn Fein leader Michelle O’Neill accused him of “taking the public hostage”.

Based on these political tensions in the region and the barriers to trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the country, the British government asked the European Union (EU) to renegotiate the protocol in depth. Brussels is only willing to make “adjustments”.

London threatened on Thursday to move unilaterally to unenforce large parts of the protocol, possibly as soon as next week, an “unacceptable” stance for the EU, which could trigger severe trade retaliation.