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Loyalism has declared the Good Friday Agreement no longer represents what they agreed to in 1998. Unionism is split on the issue, particularly in relation to the protocol, and the unionist parties are at odds with the business community and working-class people.

In 1997 the 32 County Sovereignty Movement warned that such a sectarian headcount would not resolve the issue of the continued violation of the sovereign rights of all the Irish people.

The intimidation of violence emanating from Loyalism suggests its violence against the community but it wasn’t the community that pushed for Brexit and it wasn’t the community who brought in the protocol.

This begs the question who is the violence going to be directed at, will it be against the British who brought in the protocol, will it be against the EU?

Furthermore if the British Government trigger Article 16 to exacerbate the conflict with Europe what will be the consequences for the island of Ireland?

We know all this emanates from the dispute on sovereignty and it exposes the short sightedness and self-interest of the Leinster House parties who jumped to the tune of the British position of violating Irish National Sovereignty.

They are an integral part of the conundrum that contributes to these latest problems and the effects of partition in Ireland.

Brexit has exposed the issue of sovereignty and has placed it front and centre to be resolved. The time is now and let’s get past the rhetoric and call it for what it is, Stormont has failed, Partition has failed.

Let’s move to an Independent Sovereign Ireland.

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Letter carried in todays IrishNews, 5/11/21

In the Irish News (14th October 2021) the opinion page carried a photograph of Loyalists carrying a banner which read, “Uphold Northern Irelands Sovereignty; Trigger Article 16”

One can’t help but think there is more to this banner heading than Loyalists protesting against the protocol. Is there British influence at play to push for a hard border in Ireland to placate Unionism?

From an irish perspective I would challenge the assertion that the occupied North is a separate country or a nation. National sovereignty is the sovereign rights of a nation. The Irish Nation and Irish National Sovereignty encapsulates all 32 counties of Ireland. The Irish citizens in the 6 counties are denied their sovereign rights as a direct result of partition being imposed under the threat of force. The democratic will of the Irish people ignored and denied to the present day.

The 32 County Sovereignty Movement challenges the leaders of Loyalism on their assertion and to tell us when did British Rule become legal and democratic?

The issue of British Rule in Ireland and the partition of the Irish Nation is now becoming the central issue and this leaves our submission to the United Nations as most relevant in the present climate. Indeed it is the only legal challenge I am aware of challenging the violation of the sovereign rights of the Irish People.

The question for Unionism; Are you prepared to face the new era as equals with the people on this island or do you want to stick to the past 100 years of dominance and ascendancy?

Partition has failed us all and will continue to fail if we stick to a sectarian agenda, it doesn’t have to be this way.

Francis Mackey

32 County Sovereignty Movement

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