Good Friday Agreement Main Points

The result of these referendums was a large majority in both parts of Ireland in favour of the agreement. In the Republic, 56% of the electorate voted, 94% of the vote voted in favour of the revision of the Constitution. The turnout was 81% in Northern Ireland, with 71% of the vote for the agreement. Since the Good Friday Agreement links the British government to several legal issues in Northern Ireland, it is a de facto part of the United Kingdom Constitution. The right commentator David Allen Green described it as “a central constitutional text of the United Kingdom and Ireland […] of more everyday importance than sacred instruments such as, say, Magna Carta of 1215 or the Bill of Rights of 1689.” [29] 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. As part of the agreement, it was proposed to build on the existing Inter-Parliamentary Commission in English-Irish. Prior to the agreement, the body was composed only of parliamentarians from the British and Irish assemblies. In 2001, as proposed by the agreement, it was extended to include parliamentarians of all members of the Anglo-Irish Council. The idea of the agreement was to get the two parties to work together in a group called the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The Assembly would take some of the decisions taken previously by the British government in London. On Friday, April 10, 1998, at 5:30 p.m., an American politician named George Mitchell, who led the talks, said: “I am pleased to announce that the two governments and political parties in Northern Ireland have reached an agreement.” The multi-party agreement is an agreement between the Uk government, the Irish government and most political parties in Northern Ireland.

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