Brexit latest news LIVE – Urgent calls for ‘calm’ in Northern Ireland as tensions soar over border checks staff threats
IRISH Prime Minister Micheal Martin has called for all parties to “dial down the rhetoric” over the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The plea for calm came amid the growing crisis caused by border checks on goods travelling between Britain and Northern Ireland.
Items such as food and online shopping transported into Northern Ireland are being delayed by extra border checks required post-Brexit because, unlike the rest of the UK, the region remains in the EU single market.
The delays have sparked huge tensions in and around Northern Ireland’s ports, with intimidation and “sinister” threats being made against staff.
Tensions were also heightened when the EU threatened to block Britain’s supplies of coronavirus vaccine exports on the Irish border – a move the bloc later withdrew amid huge criticism.
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