'We don't forget, we don't forgive' - Michael Gove address scrawled on wall in staunch loyalist area of NI

The name and an address linked to top government minister, Michael Gove, has been daubed on a wall in the staunchly loyalist area of Sandy Row in south Belfast.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 5:47 pm

The slogan is the latest piece of Brexit and NI Protocol related graffiti to appear in loyalist and unionist areas in Northern Ireland.

The message 'We don't forget, we don't forgive' follows after Mr. Gove's name and an address.

Mr. Gove is the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and along with vice-president of the European Commission, Maroš Šefčovič, he co-chairs the EU-UK Joint Committee.

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The graffiti appeared in the staunchly loyalist area of Sandy Row in Belfast.

The MP for Surry Heath was, along with Boris Johnson, the chief supporter of voting for the UK to leave the EU back in June 2016.

Unionists and loyalists in Northern Ireland are angry and feel betrayed by the government because the withdrawal agreement it agreed with the EU resulted in a trade border in the Irish Sea.

Included in the withdrawal agreement is the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Supporters of the protocol say it is necessary to stop a hard land border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The DUP, UUP and TUV have all called on the government to bin the protocol immediately.

However, the government has consistently stated it intends to implement the protocol.

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis, announced earlier on Wednesday a line of temporary measures to give businesses more breathing space so that they can adapt to the changes brought about by Brexit.

Mr. Lewis announced the UK would be unilaterally extending the grace period for supermarkets from April 1 to October 1.

However, today's announcement is unlikely to have changed the minds of unionists who want the protocol removed entirely.

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