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The disconnect between British government policy and rhetoric and what the people of Northern actually want grows ever wider. The ground is shifting under Lord Frost's feet, and he doesn't have a democratic leg to stand on in his stand-off with the EU (not that he was ever elected to anything in the first place).

A survey carried out by respected pollster Lucidtalk for a Queen's University study has found that 52% of N. Ireland adults think the Protocol is, on balance, "a good thing" for Northern Ireland, compared with 43 per cent in a similar survey in June. The percentage of respondents who agreed the protocol provided Northern Ireland with a "unique set of post-Brexit economic opportunities" that could be beneficial also rose to 62 per cent, compared with 57 in June.  (Most people in Northern Ireland now view protocol positively, Freya McClements, Irish News, 28th. October).

Even more remarkably,  87 per cent of respondents said they distrusted the British government's ability to manage Northern Ireland's interests regarding the protocol. With the DUP currently languishing at 13% in the polls, it means that virtually every single adult in N. Ireland bar their allies, the DUP, now distrusts the British Government.

Newton Emerson, (Opinion, No hurry in London for Stormont stability, 28th. October), gives us a clue why this may be the case. The British Government is delaying legislation, agreed by all the northern Parties, which would make it more difficult to collapse the power sharing institutions. In his view this is so that they can use the threat of a collapse of the institutions as an excuse to trigger Article 16 of the protocol in their dispute with the EU.

Naomi Long has testified to a Westminster parliamentary committee that the Johnson government is using N. Ireland as a political football in its dispute with the EU, (British government using the North to try to gain advantage over EU, MPs told, Denis Staunton, Brexit, October 20th.) while Alexandra Hall Hall, the lead Brexit envoy to the US quit her job because she was unwilling to "peddle half-truths on behalf of a government I do not trust" and which had instructed her to down play the consequences of Brexit for the delicate peace process in Northern Ireland.

That the British government could play fast and loose with the Belfast Agreement institutions in a bid to further its dispute with the EU on entirely spurious grounds is a measure of just how despicable these people are. That even most unionists now believe they are being used in a dispute not of their making shows how transparent and obvious this perfidy has become.

Is there no low to which Boris Johnson's government cannot sink?

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