Belfast Agreement United Ireland

Historically, there was support for a united Ireland within the left of the British Labour Party, and in the 1980s it became official politics to support a united Ireland by approval. [53] The policy of “unity by consent” continued until the 1990s and was eventually replaced by a policy of neutrality consistent with the Downing Street Declaration. [54] Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn supports a united Ireland, although he said it was “left to the Irish people” to decide whether to remain a member of the United Kingdom. [55] They do not hold elections in Northern Ireland and respect the SDLP as their sister party within the European Social Democratic Party. Similarly, the Liberal Democrats cooperate with the Alliance party and share their support for the Good Friday agreement, while expressing reservations about what they see as “institutionalized bigotry” in the agreement. Lord Alderdice, former leader of the Alliance, is a member of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. Referendums were held on 22 May 1998 in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. In Northern Ireland, people were asked: “Do you support the agreement reached in the multi-party negotiations on Northern Ireland and presented in Command Paper 3883?” The participation rate was 81.1 per cent, of which 71.1 per cent argued in favour of approval. In the Republic of Ireland, people were asked: “Do you support the proposed constitutional amendment contained in the stated bill, nineteenth Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 1998?” On 9 January 2020, the British and Irish governments proposed the “New Decade, New Approach” agreement to northern Ireland`s political parties, which provides for a balanced package to make Northern Ireland`s policy and government more transparent, accountable, more stable, more inclusive and more effective. The agreement reaffirmed its commitment to “mutual respect, civil rights and religious freedoms for all within the Community.”