World A bus was set on fire amid tension and violent clashes in Northern Ireland over post-Brexit trade rules
N Ireland sees 3rd night of unrest amid post-Brexit tensions
LONDON (AP) — Police and politicians in Northern Ireland appealed for calm on Monday after a third night of violence that saw Protestant youths start fires and pelt officers with bricks and gasoline bombs. The flareups come amid rising tensions over post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland and worsening relations between the parties in the Protestant-Catholic power-sharing Belfast government. The Police Service of Northern Ireland said officers were attacked in Londonderry on Sunday night, and there was also unrest in two pro-British unionist areas near Belfast. Police said most of those involved were teenagers.
- A bus and several cars were set on fire during violent clashes in Belfast on Wednesday.
- There are ongoing clashes between unionists and nationalists in Northern Ireland.
- The clashes come amid rising tensions over Brexit and post-Brexit trade rules.
A bus and several cars were set on fire in Belfast on Wednesday as unionists and nationalists clashed with each other and police officers during the latest of consecutive nights of unrest in the Northern Ireland city.
EXPLAINER: What is behind the latest unrest in N Ireland?
LONDON (AP) — Young people have hurled bricks, fireworks and gasoline bombs at police and set hijacked cars and a bus on fire during a week of violence on the streets of Northern Ireland. Police responded with rubber bullets and water cannons. The chaotic scenes have stirred memories of decades of Catholic-Protestant conflict, known as “The Troubles.” A 1998 peace deal ended large-scale violence but did not resolve Northern Ireland’s deep-rooted tensions. A look at the background to the new violence:WHY IS NORTHERN IRELAND A CONTESTED LAND?Geographically, Northern Ireland is part of Ireland. Politically, it’s part of the United Kingdom.
Police Service of Northern Ireland Assistant Chief Constable Jonathan Robertsthat on Wednesday hundreds of people gathered on both sides of the the concrete "peace wall," which separates Protestant unionist and Catholic nationalist neighborhoods.
He said 55 police officers have been injured since the start of unrest last week.
Video: Northern Irish leaders set aside bickering to urge end to violence (Reuters)
The violent demonstrations broke out over post-Brexit trade rules that have raised tensions in the Protestant and Catholic power-sharing government in Belfast.
With the UK leaving the European Union, the new UK-EU trade deal has imposed border checks, causing unionists to accuse London of abandoning them.
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EU to Delay Brexit Legal Action Amid Northern Ireland Violence .
The European Union is set to postpone legal action against the U.K. for breaching the Northern Irish Brexit deal, according to two people familiar with the matter, as riots grip the province. The EU began proceedings last month after Britain unilaterally extended a waiver on checks on some goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain. The temporary exemption was part of the trade agreement aimed at keeping the Irish border free of checkpoints after the U.K. left the bloc.The EU had eyed April 15 to push forward, but is holding off as it works on a joint plan with the U.K.