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In Brexit talks, Belfast loyalists see risk of return to violence - Politico.eu
The trouble with the backstop is that it could symbolize a separation between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K. -- especially if avoiding a hard border on Ireland requires further regulatory or customs checks for goods traveling to and from the U.K.

Conceived as a technocratic solution, it was described as a threat to the union by Theresa May when she was prime minister and as amounting to "annexation" of Northern Ireland by the EU by Arlene Foster, leader of the region's hardline Democratic Unionist Party.

Polling indicates the backstop would be accepted by a majority in Northern Ireland, but as with Brexit, views on it are sharply split along sectarian lines, with a majority of unionists against it.

If the government accepts the backstop, it would amount to Britain "throwing us under a bus," said John.

by Bernard on Mon Sep 23rd, 2019 at 08:09:26 PM EST

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