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UK playing ‘very dangerous game’ over Article 16 threat – Mary Lou McDonald

A UK Government move to suspend part of the Northern Ireland Protocol could endanger the entire Brexit deal, Mary Lou McDonald has said.

The Sinn Féin leader was referencing a recent suggestion from UK Brexit Minister David Frost that triggering Article 16 is not off the table.

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The European Union replied strongly by saying there will be “serious consequences” if the UK were to trigger Article 16.

Mary Lou McDonald said on the prospect of the UK triggering Article 16: “It would demonstrate just again colossal bad faith and demonstrate again that Ireland, the north of Ireland in particular, is collateral damage in the Tory Brexit as they play games and play a game of chicken with the European institutions.”

“I would also say that if the British government imagine that they hold all of the cards they are wrong and they’re playing a very, very dangerous game, up to and including perhaps jeopardising the entire withdrawal agreement.”

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“The reality now is the ball is at the foot of Boris Johnson and his Government, and they need to act in good faith and they need to adopt a position that is serious and that has a long-term view.”

“If they don’t, well, then the consequences, I think, will be very grave indeed.”

IMAGE – “Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald and Vice President Michelle O’Neill” by Sinn Féin is licensed under CCBY2.0

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