Brexit: Tony Blair, John Major accuse Johnson of 'imperilling' NI peace process

Former British prime ministers Sir John Major and Tony Blair have united to condemn Boris Johnson’s Brexit legislation as imperilling the Irish peace process, trade negotiations and the UK’s integrity.

The Conservative and Labour grandees wrote in The Sunday Times: “It puts the Good Friday Agreement at risk, because it negates the predictability, political stability and legal clarity that are integral to the delicate balance between the north and south of Ireland that is at the core of the peace process.

“This has wide-ranging ramifications. It will not only make negotiation with the EU more difficult, but also any trade negotiations with other nations, including the United States. Once trust is undermined, distrust becomes prevalent.

“We both opposed Brexit. We both accept it is now happening. But this way of negotiating, with reason cast aside in pursuit of ideology and cavalier bombast posing as serious diplomacy, is irresponsible, wrong in principle and dangerous in practice.

“It raises questions that go far beyond the impact on Ireland, the peace process and negotiations for a trade deal – crucial though they are. It questions the very integrity of our nation.”