‘Playing GAMES with nationalist feelings’ Former NI first minister FUMES at EU over Brexit

Saturday, April 29, 2017
By Paul Martin

FORMER Northern Ireland first minister Lord David Trimble criticised the Irish government and European Union for drumming up nationalist feelings in the lead up to Brexit talks.

Sat, Apr 29, 2017

European leaders are thought to have been asked at a key summit on Saturday if Northern Ireland would be able to automatically return to the bloc if Irish unification takes place.

Lord Trimble claimed the Irish government and European Union were both guilty of “playing games” with nationalist feelings in Northern Ireland.

Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “From the point of view from the Irish there is no need for them to introduce this.

“It is actually playing games with nationalist feelings and I wonder why the Irish government is doing this and why Europe is going along with it.

“It would be much better to focus on the problem.”

The decision to allow Northern Ireland a referendum would reflect the Good Friday Agreement which allows for a vote on unification if a majority agree in Northern Ireland.

The UK Government is seeking a deal with the European Union during Brexit negotiations which will ensure a frictionless border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The introduction of a hard border, or even customs checks, could lead to a rise in tension in a country still scarred by conflict.

Lord Trimble reiterated the major issue with Britain leaving the EU was the Irish border, before he took another dig at the EU.

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