Northern Ireland is effectively owned in the EU internal market for goods. The two main political parties in the agreement were the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), led by David Trimble, and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), led by John Hume. The two heads of state and government together won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998. The other parties to the agreement were Sinn Féin, the Alliance Party and the Progressive Unionist Party. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which later became the largest Unionist party, did not support the agreement. When Sinn Féin and loyalist parties entered, they left the talks because republican and loyalist paramilitary weapons had not been decommissioned. “Only on the basis of equality, equity and respect for our differences can we begin to heal the deep gaps between our human beings. This historic agreement allows us to finally begin the healing process. It creates the partnership framework that allows us to do that. “There may be a new dawn in politics on this island.

We can agree on a comprehensive settlement that will allow our two traditions to work together. It will be a new agreed Ireland, in which the rights and interests of nationalist, unionist and other traditions will be respected and appreciated. We must protect and cherish this agreement that we have worked so… “The reality of living with differences and confirming identity is that without cohabitation, we cannot achieve. Martin Luther King entered the core when he said, “I can never be what I should be until you are what you should be.” Nationalists cannot be what they should be until trade unionists are what they should be, and vice versa. Brexit: The government confirms new controls on goods entering the UK NI. The SDLP was the first to commit to the so-called principle of “consent” and to recognize that fundamental changes to Northern Ireland`s constitutional status can only come with the agreement of the majority of the people of Northern Ireland. It was ultimately a principle approved by Sinn Fein as part of the Good Friday Agreement. The government says it remains committed to the protocol, but it could make its own decisions on how it will be implemented if it fails to reach an agreement with the EU.

In April 1998, the parties approved the Good Friday Agreement (Belfast Agreement) on measures to restore autonomy in Northern Ireland. The interests of the nationalists were the provisions requiring the formation of an inter-community coalition government in Northern Ireland and the recognition that Northern Ireland would remain part of the United Kingdom as long as a majority of the population wanted.