Rte News Good Friday Agreement


All this was easier when the UK was a member of the EU. But with its exit, the question arises as to what happens to goods between Ireland, a member of the EU single market, and the UK, which has ruled out staying in the internal market after Brexit. Under the withdrawal agreement, Ireland and Northern Ireland are seen as spokespersons for the internal market for European purposes, so there will be no customs controls at the Irish border. However, this requires a „maritime border“ to prevent British goods from entering the EU via Ireland and underestimating products made in the EU. Congressman Neal is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which will consider any future trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom. In the context of political violence during the riots, the agreement forced participants to find „exclusively democratic and peaceful means to resolve political differences.“ There were two aspects: she said Brexit should not „endanger“ the deal. Northern Ireland political parties that approved the agreement were also invited to consider the creation of an independent advisory forum, which would represent civil society, with members with expertise on social, cultural, economic and other issues, and would be appointed by both administrations. In 2002, a framework structure was agreed for the North-South Advisory Forum, and in 2006 the Northern Ireland Executive agreed to support its implementation. The participants in the agreement were composed of two sovereign states (the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland), with armed forces and police forces involved in the riots. Two political parties, Sinn Féin and the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP), were linked to paramilitary organisations: the IRA (Commissional Irish Republican Army) and the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). The Ulster Democratic Party (UDP), associated with the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), had withdrawn from the talks three months earlier. The overall result of these problems was to undermine trade unionists` confidence in the agreement exploited by the anti-DUP agreement, which eventually overtook the pro-agreement Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) in the 2003 general elections.

UUP had already resigned from the executive in 2002 following the Stormontgate scandal, in which three men were indicted for intelligence gathering. These charges were eventually dropped in 2005 because persecution was not „in the public interest.“ Immediately afterwards, one of Sinn Féin`s members, Denis Donaldson, was unmasked as a British agent.