I really must take exception to the following remarks in your Morning View (‘Northern Ireland will never be able to exit this backstop’, December 4):
“A leader who boasted of her unionist credentials when it came to the crunch was more concerned with placating Irish nationalist concerns than those of [sic] a constituent part of her own nation – even when propped up by a Northern Ireland unionist party.”
Are Irish nationalists living in Northern Ireland not part of the UK?
Are their views, and for that matter those of unionists who opposed Brexit or who support the prime minister’s draft deal, less important than those of pro-Brexit unionists?
Instead of being accused of betraying unionism, the prime minister should be given credit for giving reassurance to people that there will not be a hard border on the island of Ireland, all the more so since she is, as you say, “propped up by a Northern Ireland unionist party”.
Refusing to bow to pressure in order to serve the interests of everyone in Northern Ireland is the act of a true unionist.
You also claim that defeat for the government “will lead to fresh uncertainty, but from a strictly unionist perspective, most likely outcomes after such a defeat are better than this deal”.
Will this still be your view when the UK is ruled by a Corbyn-SNP axis?
It is obvious that the EU’s strategy is to bind Northern Ireland to its rules in perpetuity. This is unacceptable to me as a unionist. But it will only be possible to prevent it if the UK is able to negotiate its future trading relationship with the EU from a position of strength.
That requires stable government.
This deal offers the only way to unite the country since it balances the interests of people on both sides of the argument.
Adam Moore, Belfast BT6