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Johnson’s carelessness over Northern Ireland is an undeniable factor in the current violence

The prime minister consistently overlooked the Irish border issue during Brexit negotiations. The riots in Belfast are inextricably bound up with his irresponsibility

By Rachel Sylvester  

Boris Johnson at Stormont last year. Photo: Conor Kinahan / Alamy Stock Photo

The first time I met Boris Johnson, I was a junior political reporter at the Daily Telegraph and he was a senior columnist. He came into the newspaper’s tiny office in the House of Commons, plonked himself down at the desk next to mine and declared that he was writing about Northern Ireland. “Remind me,” he said, “which ones are the orange johnnies?”  

I assumed it was another example of the faux-naïveté that he always used to extract as much information as possible from those around him, which he could then use to his advantage, while giving nothing back (he…

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