Boris Johnson agreed Brexit protocol knowing it was a ‘mess’, says John Major.

Johnson’s administration made promises over NI deal it knew were unworkable, former PM tells MPs

Tuesday 7th February, 2023.

John Major has launched a scathing attack on Boris Johnson’s handling of Brexit, saying his administration agreed to NI Protocol the despite knowing it was unworkable.

“That must be the first agreement in history that was signed by people who decided it was useless in the first place,” Major told a Westminster committee on Tuesday.

The former Conservative prime minister did not name his successor but expressed astonishment at the acceptance of the protocol, which Johnson used to promote an “oven-ready” Brexit deal in the 2019 election.

He said Britain’s exit from the EU was a “colossal mistake” that had left the UK outside the world’s main three power blocs. “There is America, there is China and there is the European Union. We should be in Europe.”

The blunder was worsened by the agreement to impose checks on goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain, he said.

“The protocol is a mess. It was very poorly negotiated,” Major told the Northern Ireland committee. “I think some of the promises made after the protocol that there would be no checks on trade from Britain and Northern Ireland, how those promises came to be made I cannot imagine because they were patently wrong. The protocol needs changing. I am baffled as to how we could have reached a situation where that protocol was accepted.”

Major, who was prime minister from 1990 to 1997, criticised Johnson’s administration for signing the protocol with the EU apparently on the basis that it would be later reformed. He also criticised Johnson and his successor, Liz Truss, for their threats to override the Brexit agreement.

“Even if the protocol bill was wrong that does seem to be a strange way to proceed because that sort of behaviour is pretty unwise. We, the British, would not respond to threats of that sort. Why do we think that the European Union would?”

Major was appearing as a witness at a committee hearing on the effectiveness of the institutions of the 1998 Good Friday agreement. The Democratic Unionist party (DUP) has collapsed power-sharing in Northern Ireland in a protest against the protocol, leaving the Stormont executive and assembly mothballed. The party says the protocol damages the region’s economy and its place in the UK.

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Major said all sides: London, Dublin, Brussels and parties in Northern Ireland, would have to compromise. “A statesmanlike response would be to recognise that nobody is going to get everything they wish, but to accept compromise in the interest of returning democratic government to Northern Ireland. That will not be easy for anyone.”

He said it seemed Rishi Sunak’s Downing Street team was making progress in talks with the EU. In a tacit rebuke to the DUP – and possibly also an appeal to Sunak to face down Tory Brexit hardliners – Major counselled compromise. “Statesmen who do that will succeed. Politicians who keep shouting slogans to their most extreme supporters will not.”

Major lauded the contribution of his Irish counterparts, Albert Reynolds and John Bruton, as well as Northern Ireland party leaders, clerics, civil servants, Bill Clinton and Tony Blair in paving the Good Friday agreement. “This is a settlement that has many parents. No one can claim full paternity.”

He expressed concern that poverty in Northern Ireland was undermining peace and reconciliation. “Economic hardship is a divisive force.”

With many thanks to: The Guardian @TheGuardian and Rory Carroll (Ireland Correspondent)
@roryrorycarroll72 for the original story.

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Time to enact the St. Andrews Agreement which is to enact the GFA agreement.

There are now 321#MP’s holding Irish Passport’s – including the majority of the Orange Order in NI.

▪️Whilst they’ve taken away our right to live and work in all the EU countries.

▪️But they have made sure they still can.

#BrexitBrokeBritain #BrexitWasNotWorthIt #TheBestDealisWithEU

The road ahead will be much better when we #FreeAssange.


#Snow #Freedom @JoeBiden

These protests are being astroturfed by fascists.

Yesterďay one was published for Carrick on Shannon by nazi Phil Dwyer and a Facebook page to promote it suddenly appeared at around the same time. Youre not wanted in Leitrim with your fascist hatemongering bullshit Mr. Dwyer.


Big decision incoming for the DUP -they could choose to sell this as a result of their ‘pressure’ -but as it will still mean NI is treated differently to GB (if only slightly) there will be pressure from TUV etc to condemn it.

That would probably be last straw for devolved gov.

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Jeremy Corbyn was right (the public should have listened)

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Sex Abuse cover-ups
Sex Abuse cover-ups

ALL MY life I have found it impossible to communicate the devastating, life-changing, utterly permanent effects childhood sexual abuse has on victims. If you’re lucky enough never
to have been abused, you will,
thankfully, never understand
what life after abuse is like.


That indifference is now as
painful as the original abuse is.
I often have to listen to colleagues priests who they know were abusers.
I force myself to stay in their company hoping there might be a word of understanding for their victims.
But there never is.
That is why, even today, the sexual abuse of children by priests can never be ruled out. Far too many clerics
still have not accepted responsibility for their own culpable negligence.
The powers that be have set up structures to prevent abuse; they have handed safeguarding over to salaried lay people.
Nothing wrong with that.
But my advice is to trust your instincts and mind your children.
Research at Xavier University in Cincinnati is turning up alarming results about the lasting effects of sexual abuse.
Already, their research proves that the sexual abuse of children and the subsequent cover-up caused persistent psychological distress as well as spiritual anguish, moral confusion, social isolation and legitimate, ongoing distrust of institutions.
“When the perpetrator of sexual abuse is a priest… and represents the holy, the sacred or the entire church or even God, the trauma of abuse takes on an added weight,” they concluded.
The Xavier team will continue to refine research and unravel the implications. They are dealing principally with adult survivors of child abuse. It is not only the survivors who are permanently traumatised by abuse but their family, friends, employers and most of all their partners.
Professor Marcus Mescher of Xavier University believes “it is likely that this crisis has really affected every corner of the church… we are all carrying a piece of the fallout.”
The confusion resulting from a breakdown of trust, a shaken confidence in one’s goodness and the goodness of others, and the absence of a reliable moral order have yet to be fully realised. Victims lose trust in those in authority. They feel lost, weak, useless, guilty and lose the ability to have a genuine relationship with God.
After all, a person claiming to be God’s representative groomed, mislead and abused them (us).
Victims, years afterwards, have an overwhelming need to suppress what happened in a blanket of unhealthy secrecy – usually through alcohol or some other damaging drug.
The study concludes that abuse is not something survivors get over – this shattering experience is a life sentence.
Interestingly the team found it difficult to get church workers to cooperate with the survey.
They fear that partaking even anonymously would be punished by their pastor.


That in itself is evidence that Church people still don’t get it.
The same weary dysfunctional attitudes persist.
Survivors know that their stories will be contested; every effort will be made to make the victim go away.
“There is a system in place that continues to enable and protect perpetrators of abuse and stigmatise and isolate survivors,”
Professor Mescher concluded.
We still have a very long way to go before we have a full and accurate picture of the wounds people are carrying and what it will take to heal us.

Abuse survivors have long-term trauma

With many thanks to: Father Brian D’Arcy ( can be contacted here by Email: (

Cost of Living/Ukraine crisis isn’t for everyone!

Having just bought a fleet of 15 top-spec black Audi A6 for ministers at around €80k a pop, along with committing to around €200k a year a pop for three Garda drivers, govt is now buying a new €50m jet.

Disabled children abused in Ukraine’s orphanages, warns United Nations

The human rights officials said the war had made their situation even worse and called on the Ukrainian government to right its “historic wrongs”.

Disabled children are being abused and neglected in institutions across Ukraine, UN experts have warned.

Their statement comes after a BBC News investigation uncovered widespread abuse in the country’s orphanages.

There were more than 100,000 children and young people living in institutions before the war.

When Russia invaded in February, thousands of disabled people were removed from the institutions and sent back to their families.

The UN experts say that they were left without any appropriate support, putting them at risk of further abuse, a life on the streets or becoming victims to trafficking.

However, thousands are still living in Ukraine’s vast network of nearly 700 institutions. Even though these places are called “orphanages”, 90% of those who live there have families.

They are casualties of a Soviet-era system that encouraged parents to give their disabled child up to the state.

There was, and still is, a belief by many in Ukrainian society that disabled children receive better care in an institution.

One of the experts, Gerard Quinn, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, said this was a problem that long predated the war – and it was time for Ukraine to press a “reset button to the future”.

“All wars reveal historic wrongs in the heat of the moment, and institutionalisation is one of those,” he said.

“It is time to act, to press a reset button to the future. In doing that we need a clear commitment from the Ukrainian government to end its system of institutionalisation.”

He said that as Ukraine rebuilds, disabled people need to be a priority – and those countries and organisations which will help fund that need to put money into community support, and not into furthering the life of institutions.

In June, BBC News visited five orphanages in the south of Ukraine and found teenagers tied to benches, adults living in cots and severely malnourished children.

In one institution we met 18-year-old Vasyl Velychko, who was tied to a bench and left to rock back and forth for hours, screaming.

His parents were able to visit but accepted that this was how he was cared for.

They wanted to take him home, but a lack of support in the community had left them with no choice but to give him up at the age of five.

His institution was just one of many which had accepted disabled children who were fleeing the fighting in the east.

BBC News interviewed the directors of some of those facilities, who said they were unable to cope with the influx of evacuees. One director simply admitted he was unable to meet their needs.

Many disabled children living in institutions were also taken to neighbouring countries such as Romania and Moldova, which have taken major steps in abolishing their system of institutionalisation.

The UN experts said they had evidence that Ukraine was only allowing these countries to support its disabled children if they were kept in an institutional setting.

“Third countries have a heavy responsibility to assist Ukraine to have a better future for its citizens, including children with disabilities,” they warned.

They acknowledged that the war had placed a great strain on the country – but insisted the tens of thousands of disabled children trapped in facilities where there is widespread abuse, neglect and restraint needed to be supported to live with their families.

Watch BBC iPlayer <a href=”http://” data-type=”URL” data-id=” Locked Away: Ukraine’s Stolen Lives

A BBC News investigation exposes the abuse and neglect of disabled people locked away in institutions across Ukraine.

With many thanks to: for the original story.

Follow these links to find out more on this story: Disabled children abused in Ukraine’s orphanages, warns UN (

Ukraine orphanages: Children tied up and men in cots (

Ukraine should never be allowed to become a member of the European Union – Not until it has cleaned-up its act

Locked Away: Ukraine’s Stolen Lives: via @bbciplayer

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