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Corbyn Anglo Irish Agreement

As chairman of the Labour Party, Mr Corbyn has been more cautious on the Irish issue. Thursday`s visit to Belfast was his first since his election in 2015. The visit was preceded by a press outrage now known, after his spokesman confirmed that Mr Corbyn continued to support the Irish agreement while stressing that he was doing so as part of the 1998 agreement. The agreement stipulates that a united Ireland can only be achieved by the separate and simultaneous voices of both parts of Ireland and that, as long as this happens, the Union of Northern Ireland with Great Britain is legitimate. But Mr Corbyn`s record so far inevitably allowed DUP unionists to mock him this week because he was unwilling to condemn the atrocities committed by the IRA or hit his victims. Corbyn and McDonnell have nothing to do with the peace process. None of the participants in the negotiations that led to the Belfast Agreement supported Mr McDonnell`s assertion that he had played an active role. They do not contain any historical reports on the process. Corbyn and McDonnell were supporters. They were not spectators. McDonnell`s heinous attempt to suggest that he acted as a peacemaker remains almost as insulting as the remarks that led to a forced apology.

If it can be said that the peace process began somewhere, it began with the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985. The House of Commons approved the agreement, which brought the largest parliamentary majority in Mrs Thatcher`s government – indeed, she must have regretted signing it for the rest of her life – 473 voted in favour and only 47 against. All the Unionist parties opposed it, but with the support of almost all the Conservatives and Labour and the SDLP, she took leave. By-elections called after the resignation of the Unionists did not give voters a clear choice because of the reluctance of other parties to challenge them. No Unionist candidate rejected another, while the SDLP and Sinn Féin ran for only the four seats, where the majority of votes for nationalist candidates had been voted on in previous elections. The SDLP has rejected an offer by Sinn Féin to enter into a nationalist electoral pact against the Unionist electoral pact. [32] The SDLP was given the seat of Newry and Armagh. The alliance has formally committed to fighting all seats on a platform to support the agreement, but some local branches have refused to choose candidates. The Workers` Party sat on a few seats. In four constituencies where no party would oppose the Unionist MP, a certain Wesley Robert Williamson changed his name by a poll in “Peter Barry” (the name of the Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs) and appeared on the label “For the Anglo-Irish Agreement”, but did not campaign. Despite this, he received nearly 7,000 votes and saved three deposits.

The Unionist parties between them won more than 400,000 votes and more than 71% of the overall survey, but as there were no by-elections in the stubborn nationalist seats of West Belfast and Foyle, this figure is distorted. [Citation required] The agreement was adopted by Seanad Iireann by 88 votes to 75 and by 37 votes to 16. [21] [22] The Irish nationalist Fianna Féil party, the main opposition party in Ireland, also rejected the agreement.