Riots in Northern Ireland Spurred by Brexit, Crime and Covid-19 Restrictions

LONDON—Dozens of law enforcement officers have been injured in far more than a week of unrest in Northern Eire, where by anger in excess of the outcomes of Brexit on the U.K. area is intersecting with criminal offense and the influence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The problem highlights the persistent troubles about the U.K.’s split with the European Union for British and EU leaders, who are anxious to avoid the delicate arrangements for running trade among the bloc and its previous member condition from upsetting a tough-to-achieve peace in Northern Eire that ended a long time of violence.

On Thursday, the White Dwelling expressed concern in excess of the violence. Press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration joined the British, Irish and Northern Irish leaders in their calls for serene, and reasserted U.S. aid for “a protected and prosperous Northern Eire in which all communities have a voice and enjoy the gains of the tricky-won peace.”

Northern Irish politicians and analysts say the nightly rioting in mostly-Protestant areas reflects resentment among professional-British unionists in Northern Eire in excess of what they perceive as a series of concessions to Irish nationalists, who want the area to break away from the U.K. and unite with the Republic of Eire.

Uppermost among these are trading arrangements connected to Brexit, which unionists fret possibility weakening the bonds among Northern Eire and the rest of the U.K. while reinforcing the region’s ties to Eire and the EU.