What are the main points of Boris Johnson’s plan?PM’s proposals would leave Northern Ireland aligned with the EU’s single market, so there would be no need for regulatory checks when goods cross into the Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland’s assembly would be given a vote on sticking to EU regulations every four years. Northern Ireland would leave the EU’s customs union, its tariff-free trading area. The government claims that most customs issues could be dealt with electronically, with a small number of physical customs checks done well away from the border. It says that the measures would avoid the need for a hard border in Ireland, which has been the main Brexit deal stumbling block. How is this different from May’s?Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK, May agreed that the UK would also remain inside the EU customs union. However, the DUP and pro-Brexit MPs still objected. Under Johnson’s plan, what happens to goods going from Britain … [Read more...] about Can Boris Johnson’s border plan break the Brexit deadlock?
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The PSNI has defended its approach to a flute band which wore Parachute Regiment insignia during an Apprentice Boys parade in Londonderry.Members of Clydevalley Flute Band from Larne wore the symbol with the letter 'F' on their shirts during Saturday's parade.Officers flanked the band during the parade and their bus was later stopped by police.The Apprentice Boys described the police's actions as "heavy handed".Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said the response was "proportionate, responsible and constructive".He said he viewed the day as a successful police operation."Given the context of the space, the symbols and the history, I don't think anybody who has looked at that carefully is going to argue that that had the potential to raise tension," he said.On Sunday, police came under attack for a second night in the city. Police said a patrol was targeted with a petrol bomb and paint at about 18:35 BST.No one was injured but a police vehicle was damaged.The parades commission said it … [Read more...] about Apprentice Boys: PSNI defends tactics at Derry parade
Several thousand Apprentice Boys have paraded in Londonderry in the annual Lundy parade.About 3,000 members of the order and 23 bands paraded around the city centre before a religious service in St Columb's Cathedral. Civic leaders had called for respect on all sides ahead of the event.In August, the Larne-based Clyde Valley Flute Band caused controversy by parading with Parachute Regiment and Soldier F emblems on their shirts. The Soldier F emblems angered the Bloody Sunday families and the Apprentice Boys later said they recognised the potential upset caused to nationalists. Thirteen people were shot dead when members of the Army's Parachute Regiment opened fire on civil rights demonstrators on Bloody Sunday in Derry in 1972.An ex-paratrooper, known as Soldier F, faces two counts of murder and five of attempted murder.The Police Service of Northern Ireland said there were no issues during Saturday's main parade, which passed off peacefully.Graeme Stenhouse, the governor of the … [Read more...] about Apprentice Boys of Derry parade passes peacefully
The Apprentice Boys of Derry have said they recognise the potential upset caused to nationalists by a Parachute Regiment emblem worn by a visiting flute band during a parade in the city.They said they had no prior knowledge of the uniform worn by Clyde Valley Flute Band during Saturday's march.The Larne group wore a Parachute Regiment insignia on their shirts as they paraded, bearing the letter 'F'. Police escorted them during the parade, and later stopped the band's bus.The Apprentice Boys governor said on Tuesday night that the Apprentice Boys were unaware of the incident until after the parade. PSNI defends loyalist parade tactics Petrol bombs thrown at police in Londonderry Thousands in Derry for Apprentice Boys parade "We had no prior knowledge of the band's uniform, or this incident, until the conclusion of the main parade on Bond Street," he said. "We recognise this may have caused upset to many in the nationalist community."SDLP leader Colum Eastwood described the Apprentice … [Read more...] about Apprentice Boys recognise ‘upset’ over band uniform
More than 20 petrol bombs have been thrown during a third consecutive night of violence in Londonderry.Most of the petrol bombs and stones were thrown across the city's historic walls from the Bogside area.There was a strong police presence on and inside the walls, and police officers in riot gear were on standby.PSNI Supt Gordon McCalmont said that while "extremely young teenagers" were involved, he believed the violence was orchestrated."I have no doubt that this disorder is being orchestrated by much older people and that these youths are being used to attack police and significant symbolic sites around our city walls," he said."No one wants to see these despicable scenes on our streets."Police said between 30 and 40 people took part in the disorder on Monday evening.A total of 24 petrol bombs were thrown in the area of the city walls and police were attacked with bricks and bottles. Paint was also thrown.A makeshift barricade was erected and set on fire in the Fahan Street area of … [Read more...] about Londonderry: Petrol bombs thrown in third night of violence