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Banned loyalist paramilitary groups drop support for Good Friday Agreement in Brexit border row

LOYALIST paramilitary organisations in Ireland withdrew their support for the Good Friday Agreement today citing concerns over the so-called border in the Irish Sea as a result of Brexit.

The Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) an umbrella group representing banned organisations including the UVF, UDA and Red Hand Commando, has written to Boris Johnson and Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin detailing their concerns.

Disruption to supermarket and parcel deliveries and the continued refusal of some high-street chains to deliver to the North of Ireland have heightened tensions among loyalists and unionist parties which say the region’s constitutional position within the United Kingdom is under threat

“I have been instructed to advise you that the loyalist groupings are herewith withdrawing their support for the Belfast agreement until our rights under the agreement are restored and the protocol is amended to ensure unfettered access for goods, services, and citizens throughout the United Kingdom,” LCC chairman David Campbell wrote.

But others have warned against allowing what is essentially a voice for proscribed terrorist organisations to become an actor in a political debate.

Britain was accused of breaking the law for the second time by the European Commission after it unilaterally announced it would give businesses in the North of Ireland time to adapt to post-Brexit rules.

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