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Good Friday Agreement facing its most serious threat

3 December, 2017 - by Declan Kearney

Brexit, Tory austerity and the DUP’s denial of rights have left the Good Friday Agreement facing its most serious threat in the history of the peace process, Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney has said.

The South Antrim MLA was speaking ahead of the launch of a new Sinn Féin booklet tomorrow morning, 4 December, in the Great Hall in Stormont entitled ‘No return to the Status Quo’ which analyses the evolution of the peace process since 2010.

“The British government and DUP alliance is based upon a unionist agenda defined in terms of support for Brexit, austerity and opposition to a rights based framework for government,” he said.

“They have created the current crisis and, as a result, the entire basis of the Good Friday Agreement is now faced with its most serious threat in the history of the peace process.”

“A successful resolution hinges on whether political unionism can accept, and co-exist in partnership, with the Irish cultural tradition, and Irish nationalist and republican identity.

“The only way this can be achieved is through the implementation of the equality based framework of the Good Friday Agreement to guarantee the rights of all citizens and sections of society, regardless of creed, culture, colour, class, political allegiance or sexual orientation."

Editor’s note

‘No return to the Status Quo’ will be launched in the Great Hall, Stormont at 11.30am Monday 4 December 2017.

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