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Worst threat to Belfast Agreement is London's nationalist agenda
The British government's reckless disregard for Ireland and the peace process has long been this region's burden to bear. Aside from serving as the proverbial pawn in Johnson's forever war with the EU, we have witnessed innumerable attempts at undermining the human rights protections and hard-won peace which have nonetheless sustained for over two decades.

Newly appointed justice minister Dominic Raab has triumphantly declared that he will be scrapping the Human Rights Act, despite it being the legislative underpinning of the European Convention on Human Rights in Northern Ireland and an essential component of the Belfast Agreement. Raab is of course infamous for shamelessly admitting that he had not bothered to read the aforementioned 32-page document in full, deflecting cynically that: "It's not like a novel where you sit down and you say `do you know what, over the holidays, this is a cracking read'."

At the time, he was serving as the UK's Brexit secretary, tasked with negotiating a deal that could achieve Brexit while safeguarding an internationally binding peace agreement of immeasurable importance - which he couldn't be bothered to read.

Last week, while in Armagh during a one-day visit to Northern Ireland, Johnson laid bare the motivations and intent behind the recent amnesty proposals designed to halt all Troubles-related investigations and block all avenues to justice for countless victims or their families. He described the passing of former British soldier Dennis Hutchings - who at the time of his death was standing trial for the 1974 shooting of John Pat Cunningham - as "tragic" and "very, very sad" for the Hutchings family. He added that "[Hutchings's] particular case started before this government came in, so no matter what we did we wouldn't have been able to stop that one". Johnson made no mention of the Cunningham family who had fought for almost half a century for truth and justice, and who will now receive neither.


In 1990, then secretary of state Peter Brooke stated that the British government had "no selfish strategic interest" in Northern Ireland. This position of neutrality in pertinence to the outcome of a future Border poll was seen as a crucial intervention in a tumultuous period of history, ultimately ensuring its inclusion in the foundation of the Belfast Agreement eight years later. Earlier this year, however, leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg imposed his own thoughts on the subject, reminiscing that: "Somebody once said that the UK had no selfish or strategic interest in Northern Ireland - I dispute that. I think we have an interest in keeping the whole country together as a united kingdom."


Selfish strategic interest has also been made evident in the government's overt opposition to the Northern Ireland protocol, exemplified by David Frost's recent laments over the significant growth in cross-Border trade, complaining that the protocol was providing "incentives" for increased trade on the island of Ireland - a benefit he feels requires urgent correction.

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