Brexiteer warns Rishi Sunak ‘performed like an Irish fiddle’ as PM celebrates EU deal | Politics | News | EUROtoday
Rishi Sunak has been warned that he’s “being played like an Irish fiddle” together with his newest EU deal threatening to undermine the advantages of Brexit and tie the UK to Brussels guidelines.
Former Brexit Party and ex-Tory donor MEP Ben Habib, now standing for Reform UK within the Wellingborough by-election, has hit out at Mr Sunak’s settlement with Ireland, the EU, Sinn Fein and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to reopen the Stormont Assembly.
Mr Habib and different main Brexiteers have warned that it’ll imply the UK has to shadow EU guidelines and rules to stop a border within the Irish Sea.
And Mr Habib has hit out notably at Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s function within the course of as a politician who has made his hostility to the UK and Brexit clear since 2018.
Habib advised Express.co.uk: “The Prime Minister is being played like an Irish fiddle.”
He went on: “Leo Varadkar must be cock-a-hoop this morning. His vile display in 2018, of a bombed-out border post from 1972, to an EU Summit, threatening a return to violence if a customs border was placed between Northern Ireland and Ireland, has paid off.
“This morning he visits Northern Ireland with Sunak to have a good time the regulatory border being put between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is now firmly topic to EU legal guidelines.
“That alone is a remarkable feat of constitutional savagery. But, in some twisted Orwellian fashion, Varadkar has also got the British Prime Minister and leader of political unionism, [DUP leader] Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, to deny the very existence of the Irish Sea border they have cemented into place.”
He added: “To hide their deception, these gentlemen have agreed that Great Britain will not diverge from the EU. Their thinking being that the regulatory rule of the EU in Northern Ireland will not be visible if Great Britain does not diverge. In short, Brexit has been neutered to try to hide their constitutional vandalism.
“But, even with Brexit undermined, the Irish Sea border will likely be stark. The EU is certain to move legal guidelines which won’t apply in Great Britain. With the passing of those, Northern Ireland will likely be dragged away from its rightful place within the United Kingdom.
“Sunak’s and Donaldson’s legacy will be the betrayal of both Northern Ireland and Brexit.”
Leading figures similar to DUP former First Minister of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster have backed the deal to reopen Stormont. It has additionally been identified that Donaldson gained concessions from Brussels to permit Northern Ireland to profit from UK commerce offers.
However, the deal has cut up the DUP with 5 of their MPs in opposition to it. Added to that it has raised severe considerations throughout the European Research Group (ERG) of Tory Brexiteer MPs.
The perceived sellout is among the the reason why Martin Howe KC, who has offered authorized and constitutional recommendation to the ERG, publicly left the Conservatives and joined Reform UK.
ERG sources have identified that one of many figures behind the deal was former Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith, who has a shadowy function as an unofficial adviser to the Prime Minister. Smith was a Remainer who clashed recurrently with Brexiteers when he was chief whip and there are fears that he has been pushing Theresa May’s controversial “alignment” to EU guidelines coverage.
There are severe considerations that Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill will now be Northern Ireland’s First Minister and is already pushing an Ireland unity referendum.
However, others have identified that the Sunak authorities has achieved what its predecessors didn’t do which is get the Stormont Assembly open and working once more.