Sir Keir Starmer has urged Boris Johnson to “step up” and convene all-party talks, as he noted Unionist concerns that the Prime Minister’s Brexit promises are not being kept. The Labour leader, a former human rights adviser to the Northern Ireland Policing Board, said there is “no justification” for the rioting.
- There are concerns in Northern Ireland about Brexit. There are concerns about the promises that the Prime Minister made which haven't been kept. They don't justify the violence. Let me be very, very clear about that. There is no justification for this violence, particularly the violence against the police service in Northern Ireland. What the Prime Minister needs to do now is step up, show leadership, convene all-party talks, talk to the government of Ireland, of course, as well, and resolve this with pragmatic political solutions.