Belfast Agreement Consent


The provisions for democratic approval are unprecedented in any eu-led agreement. They are also an important concession from the EU, whose negotiators refrain from including a democratic approval mechanism in the withdrawal agreement. What made registration easier to accept was the postponement of the nature of the protocol. What was finally agreed upon (see Figure 1) was based on Mr. Johnson`s proposal, but stood out on several important points, which appears to be the fact that a first vote of approval was not introduced before the protocol came into full force. Instead, the differentiated rules for Northern Ireland will automatically apply from the end of the transition. The DUP is packaged on logical contradictions; the only consequence in her positions was that she wanted to have a veto. To make sure this is not considered unpleasant, think about this. The DUP insists that Northern Ireland (effectively) remain in the EU customs union, but refuses to apply the same idea either to the UK, which separates itself from the EU as a whole, or simply to its customs union. It should be easy to see that, in the draft withdrawal agreement, the DUP`s attitude is more than anything contrary to the spirit of the CCM, through any agreement they have chosen, the simple majority or the inter-communal attitude. Following union skepticism about differential treatment of Northern Ireland, the Johnson government stried and secured a “democratic approval mechanism” under the revised withdrawal conditions agreed in October 2019. The mechanism allows members of the Northern Ireland Assembly (GWG) to make regular decisions before the end of the fourth year of the protocol – and thereafter – whether the main provisions of the protocol should continue to apply. Every four years was elected to ensure that each assembly, unless the GW decides otherwise, would hold a vote.

But if it is rightly believed that the proposed rules do not change northern Ireland`s sovereign status, the question arises as to whether the procedures for “Community consent” to these schemes set out in the Good Friday Agreement (One Strand Safeguards) and included in the Northern Ireland Act (1998) should apply. The principle of approval is now accepted by all elected parties in Ireland. It was rejected by the Sinn Féin Republican, the Irish Republican Socialist Party, ir-irgé and many non-aligned Irish republicans.

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