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Boris Johnson simply doesn't care about Northern Ireland

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It’s now more than 21 years since the people of Northern Ireland voted, by an overwhelming majority, to endorse the Belfast Agreement.

Not every unionist backed it then and I am not interested in re-running the arguments from those days – but I am sure that the vast majority of people in Northern Ireland, whether unionist, nationalist or neither, would agree they now live in a better place.

That better future came at a heavy price. For many families, the Troubles have left a legacy of grief that no social or economic progress can ever fill. Those with relatives and friends in the security forces, in particular, know how hard that road was; the senseless murder of young journalist Lyra McKee was a bitter reminder that there still people out there committed to killing the innocent.

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The gains that have been won need to be protected. The political vacuum caused by the suspension of the Assembly has created space into which dark forces are seeking to enter and the chaos and confusion caused by Brexit threatens to make that worse.

The expected election of Boris Johnson as prime minister, committed to........

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