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1998 Good Friday Agreement Brexit

The Good Friday Agreement, also known as the Belfast Agreement, was signed on April 10, 1998. It marked a significant milestone in the history of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, as it brought an end to the conflict known as The Troubles. The agreement aimed to establish a peaceful and democratic society in Northern Ireland, based on the principles of equality, human rights, and mutual respect.

Fast forward to 2016 when the United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. The Brexit vote inevitably raised questions about what this would mean for the Good Friday Agreement, and for the relationship between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

One of the main issues was the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. After Brexit, there would be a land border between the UK and the EU, making it a hard border, which would go against one of the key principles of the Good Friday Agreement. The open border was seen as a symbol of peace and reconciliation, and its reintroduction could reignite tensions in the region.

To prevent a hard border, the UK and the EU agreed to a Northern Ireland Protocol as part of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement in 2019. This protocol allowed Northern Ireland to remain in the EU single market for goods and customs, ensuring that there would be no need for customs checks on the border.

However, this protocol has not been without its challenges. Unionists in Northern Ireland have expressed concerns that it undermines the integrity of the UK, and that it could lead to a united Ireland. Meanwhile, nationalists and republicans have argued that it keeps Northern Ireland tied to the UK, and that it hinders the prospects of a united Ireland in the future.

The Good Friday Agreement was a historic moment that brought an end to decades of conflict in Northern Ireland. It remains a vital part of the peace process, and any potential threat to its integrity must be taken seriously. As we navigate the complexities of Brexit and its impact on the region, it is important that we continue to uphold the principles of the Good Friday Agreement and work towards a peaceful and stable future for all communities in Northern Ireland.

Krzysztof • 2 lipca 2023

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