Loyalist paramilitary organizations in Northern Ireland were on Thursday reported to have told London they are temporarily withdrawing support for the 1998 peace agreement, often called the Good Friday Agreement. The decision was taken amid concerns over the UK’s Brexit deal with the European Union, Northern Irish newspaper the Belfast Telegraph reported . A letter from an umbrella body representing loyalist groups said its opposition was because of the Northern Irish Protocol — part of the Brexit divorce deal. They oppose the additional checks and paperwork for goods moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland — implemented to prevent the need for a hard border on the island of Ireland. What did the letter say? The communication — sent to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson — said the opposition should remain “peaceful and democratic.” However, it will raise fears about the future of the loyalist ceasefire. The letter, from the Loyalist Communities Council, claimed that the basis on which the paramilitaries committed to end violence in the 1990s had been undermined. The organizations represented include former terror groups the Ulster Volunteer Force, Ulster Defence Association and Red Hand Commando. “We are concerned about the disruption to trade and commerce between Northern Ireland and… Read full this story
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