‘Playing with fire!’ Brussels sent urgent warning as ‘unhelpful’ EU chief Sefcovic shamed

Northern Ireland: Mark Dolan warns EU over possible conflict

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Political commentator and TalkRadio host Mark Dolan insisted the feud between the UK and European Union could get worse. While speaking on his show, Mr Dolan said the EU was playing with fire and should come to a pragmatic solution. Following Brexit, the Northern Ireland Protocol was introduced to prevent a hard border – and sees some goods checked if they are travelling from mainland Britain to Northern Ireland. 

However, the introduction of checks and uncertainty around stricter measures has sparked frustration in Northern Ireland over being treated differently than the rest of the UK.

Mr Dolan also warned against the trade row resulting in violence in Northern Ireland and insisted it needed to be avoided.

He said: “With a politically motivated over-interpretation of border rules, many industries and business in Northern Ireland have suffered unduly.

“Food items, agricultural machinery, industrial materials, car parts, Wellington boots, you name it, it has had old Inspector Clouseau on the continent hovering his magnifying glass over it.”

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Mr Dolan admitted that no one is against the EU’s desire to protect their market.

However, he took issue with how they were operating with Britain.

He said: “No one questions the need for the EU to protect their single market.

“But what is needed is a sensible and pragmatic solution.

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“The politics of this are too irresistible for the EU to play ball but if they don’t play ball they are playing with fire.

“Tensions within the unionist community have been bubbling away for months now.

“In a few short weeks the marching season begins in earnest and if this isn’t resolved the consequences are too awful to think about.

“There will be trouble, that is guaranteed, there will be anger and there may be bloodshed and violence and possibly lost lives.

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“A resurgence of violence in Northern Ireland is the last thing London needs but is also the last thing that Dublin needs.

“Most importantly, it is the last thing that the good people of Northern Ireland needs.

“The belligerent threats from EU negotiator Maros Sefcovic are deeply unhelpful at this time and frankly dangerous.

“He has started the sausage war.”

EU leaders are set to meet with Boris Johnson and Lord Frost at the G7 with both sides hoping to find a solution to the current border issues. 

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