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Council decision: Flag protest outside Belfast City Hall in early 2013

Council decision: Flag protest outside Belfast City Hall in early 2013

Council decision: Flag protest outside Belfast City Hall in early 2013

In a headline-grabbing intervention yesterday, former First Minister Peter Robinson raised the question of whether opposition to the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol should go as far as collapsing the Northern Ireland Assembly.

I respectfully suggest that flies in the face of the history of unionist protests over the last 35 years.

In late 1985, unionists were rightly outraged that our constitutional status was changed without consultation when the British Government signed the Anglo Irish Agreement, giving the government of Ireland an official say in our affairs.


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