MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Wed, 10 Aug 2022 15:05:02 +0000 Sturgeon: 'Shameful' UK playing politics with Brexit http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/67de8bbac58748f3a94378ac2979ee3c Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says it's "shameful" for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government to play politics with the Brexit deal. (May 17) 67de8bbac58748f3a94378ac2979ee3c Tue, 17 May 2022 16:56:46 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSWashington DC - 17 May 20221. Cutaway of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon2. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister: "Its deeply reckless and irresponsible of Boris Johnson to threaten unilateral action on the Northern Ireland Protocol. This is a protocol as part of a deal that Boris Johnson didn't just negotiate and sign as prime minister, but he lauded at the time of signing it as a fantastic deal, an oven ready deal. So, you know, either he was being less than straight with people then or he's been less than straight with people now."++SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH++3. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister: "Öf course there are implementation difficulties with the protocol that need to be resolved and and ironed out. And the European Union has already made a number of proposals to try to do that. And there is a willingness on the EU part to continue to have those discussions. But I think the question is, does Boris Johnson really want a solution to the protocol or does he just want to keep using this issue and the ability to point the finger at the EU to play to his own political base? And if he's doing that, then I think it does underline that irresponsibility."++SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH++4. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister: "The protocol was there given Brexit, which Northern Ireland voted against Scotland to protect peace on the island of Ireland and to play politics with that, I think is is shamefully irresponsible. The last thing I would see as first minister of Scotland, if somebody offered me the arrangement of the protocol of been able to effectively stay in the European single market, you know, seven, eight times the size of the UK market. And I think that would be something that would be good. Northern Ireland's economy is doing better than the economies of any other part of the UK right now because of those advantages."++SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH++5. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister: "You know, yes, there is a need to sort out some of the implementation problems. But Boris Johnson's behavior here has and has been all along and continues to be deeply irresponsible, given what's at stake in Northern Ireland."STORYLINE:Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says it's "shameful" for Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government to play politics with the Brexit deal.This comes as British government dramatically escalated a fight with the European Union on Tuesday by saying it will pass a law to scrap parts of the trade treaty signed by the two sides less than two years ago.Britain says its move to singlehandedly change the legally binding treaty - an apparent breach of international law - is an insurance policy in case it can’t reach agreement with the bloc to end a long-running dispute over post-Brexit trade rules.The announcement drew a sharp response from the EU, which has long accused Johnson of trying to wriggle out of a deal that his government negotiated and signed as part of the U.K.’s exit in 2020. The spat raises the chances of a trade war between Britain and the 27-nation bloc that is - even after Brexit - its major economic partner.Britain's Conservative government says post-Brexit trade rules are hurting the economy and undermining peace in Northern Ireland, the only part of the U.K. that shares a border with an EU member state.When Britain left the bloc and its borderless free-trade zone, a deal was agreed to keep the Irish land border free of customs posts and other checks, because an open border is a key pillar of the peace process that ended decades of violence in Northern Ireland.Instead, to protect the EU’s single market, there are checks on some goods, such as meat and eggs, entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the U.K.The arrangement is opposed by British unionists in Northern Ireland, who say the new checks have put a burden on businesses and frayed the bonds between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K. by creating a customs border in the Irish Sea.The Democratic Unionist Party, Northern Ireland’s biggest unionist party, is blocking the formation of a power-sharing regional government in Belfast, which should have been formed after the election this month, until the customs checks are scrapped.Like the DUP, the British government argues that the trade regulations, known as the Northern Ireland Protocol, are destabilizing a peace agreement that relies on support from both Protestant unionist and Catholic nationalist communities.While the DUP wants the Protocol scrapped, most other parties in Northern Ireland want to keep it, with tweaks to ease the burden on businesses. ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says it's "shameful" for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government to play politics with the Brexit deal. (May 17) Sturgeon: 'Shameful' UK playing politics with Brexit