Edwin Poots, the main political party in the unificationist community, is loyal to London and resigned on Thursday after only three weeks in office.
The political crisis in Northern Ireland is deepening. On the evening of Thursday, June 17, Edwin Poots, the leader of the DUP (Democratic Unity Party), the main political party of the Unionist community (loyal to London), had to hand in his resignation only 21 days after taking office. The position of this man known for his reactionary views was changed after the majority of the elected officials of his party, the Westminster Parliamentary and the Stormont Northern Ireland Parliamentary, strongly protested his attempt to appoint a prime minister for the province. It’s untenable. Part of the agreement reached with the opposition Sinn Fein Party (supporting the unification of Ireland), they disputed this.
“I ask the chairman of the party to initiate an internal election process to elect the new leader of the Democratic Unity Party”, Putz, 56, said in a statement on Thursday. “This is a difficult time for the party and the province, and I let the president know [du DUP] I am determined to make every effort to ensure that the unionists and Northern Ireland move forward. “
Mr. Poots is the former Minister of Agriculture of the Northern Ireland government. His brief leadership was marked by a series of coups and political errors, which made his party never so divided since its establishment-only 50 years old.
At the end of April, Mr. Putz summoned the downfall of Arlene Foster, who had been the leader of the party since 2015, and he summoned DUP members who believed she was too weak for the British government to oppose her. DUP supports Brexit and then opposes the divorce treaty promoted by former British Prime Minister Theresa May, but she still defends the interests of loyalists.
He was eventually imposed by Boris Johnson on an alternative agreement with Brussels at the end of 2019 (Northern Ireland “Agreement”) to establish a border in the Irish Sea to maintain the peace agreement of the Good Friday Agreement and “avoid Irish land borders. DUP now rejects this Agreement, it considers this to be an attack on union/loyalty, pro-British identity.