Tensions have been rising in Northern Ireland following Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, spurring the tagging of graffiti threats around port towns all over Northern Ireland. Byline TV sent a crew to Belfast to get a sense of the feeling among the region’s Brexit voters.
Speaking to Byline TV, a number of high profile Unionists described their fury at the Brexit deal which puts a customs border in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and mainland Great Britain. The country’s loyalist community has long insisted that Northern Ireland is and should be part of the United Kingdom, and many of them believe that the Brexit deal now threatens their position in the UK, calling the customs border in the UK a symbolic boundary as much as an economic one.
Hardliners have begun to daub ‘All Bets Are Off’, accompanied by a depiction of a gun sight, in towns and ports around Belfast. The Northern Irish Police, the PSNI, have publicly stated that tensions are rising and that many in the community are angry while some port workers were kept off work for a few days due to perceived threats against them.