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The Good Friday Agreement remains wrapped in instability and is edging ever closer to the cliff edge

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Stormont, seat of the government of Northern Ireland

Stormont, seat of the government of Northern Ireland

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Stormont, seat of the government of Northern Ireland

A couple of days ago, in response to a tweet from me about the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) being regarded by the British and Irish Governments as “too important to fail”, John Taylor (Lord Kilclooney) noted: “If the Belfast Agreement fails, there will be no Stormont nor cross-party agreement within Northern Ireland. Instead: short-term rule from Westminster and UK Government discussion with Dublin for a united Ireland. This will result in a terrible revival of violence in our island!”

My original tweet, as it happens, was linked to a Belfast Telegraph story about whether or not Secretary of State Brandon Lewis would make good on what he had hinted at just after the election: either stopping or reducing MLA salaries if the present hiatus continued.


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