Sinn Féin leader says Boris Johnson using Northern Ireland as ‘pawn’ in games with EU

Sinn Féin leader says Boris Johnson using Northern Ireland as ‘pawn’ in games with EU

The leader of Sinn Féin has accused Boris Johnson of playing games with Ireland and using it as a “pawn” in the UK’s continual trade battle with the EU, ahead of the prime minister’s visit on Monday. Johnson is due to touch down in Belfast on Monday for talks after the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) blocked the election of a speaker in the Stormont assembly, a week after Sinn Féin topped the polls in elections. Johnson will hold talks with politicians in Northern Ireland, but the Sinn Féin leader, Mary Lou McDonald, said he was in “cahoots” with the DUP in stopping a new executive and assembly sitting. Under Stormont rules, a new administration cannot be formed without the largest unionist party taking part. McDonald said it was part of …
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