Boris Johnson is 'on course to upend our peace and prosperity,' says Irish politician

Boris Johnson and Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith.
(Image credit: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye - Pool /Getty Images)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's visit to Northern Ireland, where he met with the country's five major political parties on Wednesday, did not go smoothly. Protesters gathered outside the Northern Irish parliament building, Irish unification talk stirred, and there was reportedly no indication of progress on restoring Belfast's devolved government.

Johnson said he places "huge importance" on the Good Friday Agreement, the peace agreement that ended the decades-long conflict in Northern Ireland in 1998 and which some have argued could be threatened by the implementation of a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a deal in October.

Subscribe to The Week

Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.

SUBSCRIBE & SAVE
https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/flexiimages/jacafc5zvs1692883516.jpg

Sign up for The Week's Free Newsletters

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign up
To continue reading this article...
Continue reading this article and get limited website access each month.
Get unlimited website access, exclusive newsletters plus much more.
Cancel or pause at any time.
Already a subscriber to The Week?
Not sure which email you used for your subscription? Contact us