Good Friday Agreement Eu Membership

September 22, 2021

This is why it can legitimately be argued that if the Irish border is so controversial today, it is because the GFA has not brought a real and consensual solution to the boring question of the status of the Irish border. Despite twenty years of peace and a 56% northern Irish majority in favour of remaining in the EU, unionists and nationalists in Northern Ireland still disagree on what will happen to this border. In other words, if Brexit poses several problems and debates around the issue of the Irish border, it is not so much the consequence of Brexit itself as the symptom of the original weaknesses of the Good Friday Agreement (GFA). As part of the agreement, it was proposed to rely on the existing Anglo-Irish interparliamentary body. Prior to the agreement, the body was composed only of parliamentarians from the British and Irish parliaments.

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