A dire assessment by Ian Blackford, the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the House of Commons, on the British parliament’s demand that Prime Minister Theresa May must renegotiate the draft Withdrawal Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union, including dropping the peace-saving Backstop Protocol:
“We were told the backstop was there to protect the peace process but tonight the Conservative Party has effectively ripped apart the Good Friday Agreement.
This House should be ashamed of itself.”
Even The Mirror, a British tabloid newspaper not exactly famed for its political acumen, has been forced to note that:
Theresa May’s willingness to jeopardise the Good Friday Agreement to save her Brexit skin is the reckless irresponsibility of a dangerous Prime Minister.
What a U-turn when the proposed deal with the EU she insisted for months was the only show in town is now up for renegotiation.
The rest of Europe displays no appetite to reopen discussions on the Northern Ireland backstop to avoid a hard border.
Especially when that might drive a coach and horses through the treaty signed 21 years ago to end Troubles that killed 3,600 people.