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Former UK PM May says government putting UK integrity at risk, could damage N. Ireland peace - Metro US

Former UK PM May says government putting UK integrity at risk, could damage N. Ireland peace

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech at Chatham House in London

LONDON (Reuters) – Former British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that peace in Northern Ireland and the integrity of the United Kingdom could be damaged by the government’s plan to pass a bill allowing it to break its European Union exit treaty.

“Its willingness to renege on an agreement it has signed will lead will lead to some questioning … of the willingness of the government to fully uphold the measures in the Belfast Good Friday Agreement,” May told parliament during a debate on the bill.

“That in turn will lead to some communities having less willingness to trust the United Kingdom government, and that could have a consequence on the willingness of people in Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom.”

(Reporting by William James, Editing by Paul Sandle)

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