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Why weaponising Belfast Agreement is fraught with risk

Sarah Creighton


The five years since Brexit have damaged the historic 1998 deal

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Hope: The Good Friday Agreement may not be perfect but it offers us a way forward. Credit: John Giles

Hope: The Good Friday Agreement may not be perfect but it offers us a way forward. Credit: John Giles

Hope: The Good Friday Agreement may not be perfect but it offers us a way forward. Credit: John Giles

I remember when we got our copy of the Good Friday Agreement in the post. My mum sitting on the sofa and reading it eagerly. My grandparents discussing it over dinner. We lost our copy, but I found one in a charity shop a few years ago, the pages dog-eared and bent. The previous owners had clearly read it more than once.

The genius of the agreement is found in its language. Every community got something out of it. It affirms Northern Ireland’s place in the Union. It offers a path to a united Ireland. North and south will unite if the majority wish it so. Northern Ireland will not be dragged out of the Union under the barrel of a gun. Careful words. A fine balancing act.


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