Northern Ireland Secretary Good Friday Agreement

Sinn Fein had challenged the flag ordinance, which was rejected by a High Court judge on 4 October 2001.1″Symbols and emblems of Good Friday agreement”, BBC News, consulted on 7 February 2013, www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/agreement/culture/symbols2…. On the Republican side, the “no” campaign seemed to focus on the purity of the republican ideal of total and absolute independence from Britain. From this point of view, each, however temporary, was presented as the objective of Irish unity (or the right to lead the armed struggle) as a betrayal of those who had fought and died for Ireland. The dismantling of arms and the end of paramilitary activities were presented as a capitulation to the British. The principle of consent was presented as a union veto, as it meant that political progress would be almost impossible without union participation. It was reported that the agreement accepted a division. The state and its institutions would remain hostile to the republican community, critics said. Despite these concerns, the vast majority of Republicans voted “yes,” only a few small, unrepresentative parties (such as the Republican Sinn Féin) argued for a no vote on the nationalist side. The final withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK has agreed on a complex solution to this delicate problem. Under the proposed regime, Northern Ireland, like the rest of the UK, would leave the EU customs union, the basis for common tariffs on all products imported into the bloc.

However, the necessary customs checks would not take place at the border with the Republic of Ireland, but between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, creating a new border in the Irish Sea. Meanwhile, Northern Ireland – but not the rest of the UK – would continue to follow many of the EU`s internal market rules, so that the land border with Ireland could remain open. This regime is also supported by a separate agreement between Ireland and the United Kingdom allowing the free movement of persons between the two countries. In May/June 1999, the Commission conducted a public opinion survey to understand the public`s attitude towards police work in Northern Ireland. The Commission has also visited various locations, including a number of police services in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Spain and the United States. On 9 September 1999, the Independent Police Commission of Northern Ireland presented its report and made recommendations on human rights issues, accountability, police work with the community, police structure, size of police service, composition of the police service and other issues. The Commission made 175 recommendations.1 Trade union political reactions to the report and its recommendations have not been positive.2″Police Labour Commission for Northern Ireland,” BBC News, seen on 29 January 2013, www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/agreement/policing/commissi… 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.