Blair Good Friday Agreement

For Brexit, it`s time to do the same; Elevate the discussion beyond individual interests at the collective level, broaden the definition of us and reduce the definition of those. It`s also time to be brutally honest about the real decisions and their consequences. There is no variant of Brexit that could strengthen relations between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. There is no variant of Brexit that will allow the UK economy to grow in the near future. Brexit, especially a no-deal Brexit with the risk of a hard border, is both the biggest threat to the Good Friday Agreement since its inception and to the Union in our lifetime. It is time to recognize the reality of these challenges and work together to overcome them. This is our conviction, or certainly certainly, our fervent hope that the Good Friday Agreement will survive Brexit. These institutional arrangements, which have been established in these three areas, are defined in the agreement as “interdependent and interdependent”. In particular, it is found that the functioning of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the North-South Council of Ministers is “so closely linked that the success of the other depends on the success of the other”, and participation in the North-South Council of Ministers is “one of the essential tasks related to the relevant posts in [Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland]”.

The relationship between Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, has shown that Northern Ireland has really changed. The Presbyterian preacher and the former IRA commander were once sworn enemies, but they suddenly worked together in the same office and were called “the Chuckle Brothers” because of their good relations. The agreement laid down a complex set of provisions which relate to a number of areas, including: in recent days Mr Blair and Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern have travelled to Belfast to take part in the talks and the agreement was finally announced by Mr George Mitchell on the afternoon of 10 April 1998. The diversity of Brexit deals that have been discussed and the immensity of the Brexit promises made in 2016 are so great that it is unlikely that a deal is what public opinion voted for. The British people should have the last word. They should be asked whether, now that they know everything they are doing, they want to continue, on whatever basis, the government and parliament. 4 Articles 2, 3 and 29 of the Irish Constitution of 1937 were amended together to emphasise that Irish unity could only be achieved by peaceful means and with the agreement of a majority of the people of Northern Ireland. Political parties in Northern Ireland, which endorsed the agreement, were also invited to consider the creation of an independent advisory forum, with members of civil society with social, cultural, economic and other expertise, and appointed by both administrations. In 2002, a framework for the North-South Consultation Forum was agreed, and in 2006 the Northern Ireland Executive agreed to support its establishment. Prisoners are held unless the violence is abandoned forever. The agreement marked a commitment to “mutual respect, civil rights and religious freedoms for all in the Community” and Britain agreed to include the European Convention on Human Rights in Northern Ireland law.

. . .

Comments are closed.

search