Social unrest, security threats and government division. It’s just another Theresa May Brexit weekend

Northern Ireland riot police and Theresa may
Support us and go ad-free

Interviews and leaked documents from security personnel highlight the potentially dangerous outcomes of Theresa May’s Brexit strategy. But so far the only response has been a tantrum from a former senior member of her cabinet.

This latest news makes grim reading for the UK and shows May has little grasp on a credible Brexit strategy.

Brexit police warnings

In a leaked document, the National Police Co-ordination Centre (NPoCC), expressed the fear that a ‘no deal’ Brexit could lead to civil disorder.

The NPCC believe this would happen if the UK faced shortages of medicine and an increase in the price of goods. Police would deal with such disorder by calling on military assistance and cancelling police leave. Shadow police minister Louise Haigh MP responded by tweeting:

Further division within the Tories

Boris Johnson’s latest tantrum railed against May’s Brexit plans and described her strategy as putting the UK constitution into a “suicide vest”. Johnson’s outburst drew criticism from fellow Conservatives. This was echoed in responses on social media:

Others feared an even worse Brexit outcome with May at the helm.

Return to conflict in Northern Ireland?

And police warnings didn’t end with disorder over price increases. In an interview with the Sunday Times, Northern Ireland Police chief George Hamilton warned of the “grave impact of Brexit on the peace and security of Northern Ireland”. Hamilton continued:

There’s a feeling that as regards the Troubles and the conflict, Northern Ireland is sorted and we don’t need to worry about it, when actually we’re working flat out 24/7 to keep a lid on it.

Hamilton said that the PSNI has asked for extra resources to deal with a post-Brexit security threat. But its not received an answer.

This prompted one social media user to comment:

https://twitter.com/ConorConneally/status/1038485326984081408

Hamilton believes the government doesn’t fully understand the potential consequences of Brexit in Northern Ireland. Nor does he believe that it’s of great concern to them. He said:

I have a concern some may see issues to do with the Irish border as literally peripheral, not just geographically but in terms of impact.

Social media users agreed with Hamilton’s assessment and said how dangerous it is to ignore him:

Let the people decide

This latest round of Brexit chaos shows, yet again, a divided Tory party and the precipice to which it has brought the UK. It also shows the delicate peace in Northern Ireland counts for little in its Brexit strategy.

In addition to the division within her own party, May has lost the confidence of the British people. So as social unrest and security threats are real fears, the people need a meaningful say on any final Brexit agreement.

Get Involved!

– Support the campaign for a People’s Vote.

Featured images via Flickr Joshua Hayes & Teacher Dude

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed