The Loyal Community Council has called for a restructured border protocol with EU member republics – and an end to street violence.
Pro-British loyalists in Northern Ireland said on Friday that there had been a “spectacular collective failure” for police to understand their further fears and anger over Brexit and other issues as police protested for more street clashes after a week of riots.
The European Union, a member of the European Union, will need to discuss new border arrangements with Ireland, the Council of Community of Compliance (LCC) said in a statement.
Despite peace appeals from London, Dublin and Washington, nighttime unrest in pro-British areas Spread more In Irish nationalist parts of Belfast on Thursday, where police responded with petrol bombs and stone attacks with water cannons.
Nineteen officers and a police dog were injured, police said.
The clashes have raised concerns about the worst violence in Northern Ireland in years and the sustainability of the 1998 peace deal that ended nearly three decades of sectarian and political bloodshed, with more than 3,600 people killed.
The LCC, which said it spoke on behalf of the Ulster Volunteer Force, Red Hand Commando and the Ulster Defense Association paramilitary teams, said they were not involved in the riots and called for calm.
Loyal paramilitaries, as they are known, kept their weapons in the years following the Good Friday Treaty in 1998. But the LCC said the unionists’ anger was misunderstood.
“To this day there is a spectacular collective failure to properly understand the scale and nature of unionist and loyalist anger,” it said.
The council expressed concern about post-Brescit trade barriers last week after it decided not to sue Irish nationalist rival Sean Sin for violating ICID-19 rules at the funeral of a former Irish Republican army leader last June.
After the United Kingdom left the EU earlier this year, checks and tariffs were introduced on some goods moving from mainland Britain to Northern Ireland as the province now borders the bloc through EU membership Ireland.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson promised Brexit that there would be no strict borders between Ireland and Northern Ireland and that uninterrupted trade between the province and the rest of the United Kingdom would continue.
But critics of the Northern Ireland Protocol to the Exit Treaty say a border will now be in effect in the Irish Sea, and unionists, who want to stay in the UK, are feeling betrayed.
“We have repeatedly called on the HM government, political leaders and organizations to take seriously our warnings about the dangerous consequences of imposing these strict boundaries and the need for sincere dialogue to resolve the issues.” We reiterate that message now, “the LCC said in a statement.
A new protocol must be discussed, it says.
“We have once again recorded our unwavering determination to remove the borders of Northern Ireland and the countries imposed on us by our country’s NI protocol.”
Long hot summer
A NewtownBaby shopping mall on the northern outskirts of Belfast said it would close soon to allow staff and customers to vacate the site, as protests were planned later Friday.
Mary Lee MacDonald, president of Sinn Fin, said thousands of pro-British Protestants had marched, a tradition that most Catholic nationalists who want to be part of united Ireland see as provocative and she feared the protests could set the tone for a violent summer. Often leads to conflict.
“We have communities that have probably bound themselves for a very difficult weekend, deeply concerned that the violence could escalate further and it could set the tempo and scene for this summer,” McDonald, Ireland’s national broadcaster, told RTE.
“A very clear call must come that people should stop the proposed demonstrations over the weekend before being badly injured or worse.”
The United States has traditionally been keenly interested in the Irish, warning Thursday that the Good Friday deal, which helped brokers, should not fall into the Brexit accident.