Ex-Northern Ireland secretary accuses Boris Johnson of ‘Putinesque tactics’

The Guardian says Boris Johnson is engaging in “Putinesque” tactics by using the Northern Ireland protocol bill to cause a populist row with Brussels when the EU is willing to compromise, Peter Hain, a former Northern Ireland secretary, said on Sunday.

Ex-Northern Ireland secretary accuses Boris Johnson of ‘Putinesque tactics’

The Guardian says Boris Johnson is engaging in “Putinesque” tactics by using the Northern Ireland protocol bill to cause a populist row with Brussels when the EU is willing to compromise, Peter Hain, a former Northern Ireland secretary, said on Sunday.

Hain, who sits on a Lords subcommittee on the protocol, said Brussels appeared willing to compromise, but Johnson was more keen on engaging in a “parallel universe blame game”.

The Labour peer said the Northern Ireland protocol bill, which will override parts of the withdrawal treaty, is “almost the opposite” of what Johnson and his allies claim it to be, leading him to draw the comparison with Russian’s leader, Vladimir Putin.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/jun/20/ex-northern-ireland-secretary-accuses-boris-johnson-of-putinesque-tactics

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