Northern Ireland Assembly: The Belfast Agreement/Good Friday Agreement 1998

Northern Ireland Assembly: The Belfast Agreement/Good Friday Agreement 1998

The Belfast Agreement is also known as the Good Friday Agreement, because it was reached on Good Friday, 10 April 1998.

It was a peace agreement between the British and Irish governments, and most of the political parties in Northern Ireland, on how Northern Ireland should be governed. The talks leading to the Agreement addressed issues which had caused conflict during previous decades. The aim was establishing a new, devolved government for Northern Ireland in which unionists and nationalists would share power. 

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Iain Duncan Smith urges Theresa May to quit by end of May

Iain Duncan Smith urges Theresa May to quit by end of May

The former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith has called on Theresa May to resign as prime minister next month, saying the timetable for her departure should still stand despite her failure to pass a withdrawal agreement.

“I know that the prime minister has already said she’s going. She said she would go as and when the agreement was ratified, which was looking at around about May, June. I think those dates still stand,” he told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday.

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“I think that what the PM has to do is aim everything now towards departure before the Euros [elections] which would then allow her to step away having done what she said she would do, getting the UK out of the European Union one way or the other and then we can have another leadership election and pick a new leader, which is the way it has to be.”

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Brexit: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn hold ‘constructive’ talks

Brexit: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn hold ‘constructive’ talks

Talks between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn to break the Brexit deadlock have been called “constructive”.

The two leaders met on Wednesday afternoon and agreed a “programme of work” to try to find a way forward to put to MPs for a vote.

It is understood that each party has appointed a negotiating team, which are meeting tonight before a full day of discussions on Thursday.

A spokesman for No 10 said both sides were “showing flexibility”.

And he added that the two parties gave “a commitment to bring the current Brexit uncertainty to a close”.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Corbyn said there had not been “as much change as [he] had expected” in the PM’s position.

He said the meeting was “useful, but inconclusive”, and talks would continue. Continue reading Brexit: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn hold ‘constructive’ talks

Italy sign on to China’s ‘One belt, One Road

Italy sign on to China’s ‘One belt, One Road


China hails ‘historic’ Europe trip as Xi signs billion-dollar deals with France, BRI with Italy —
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Chinese President Xi Jinping is wrapping up his overseas jaunt of the year, visiting Europe on a mission to strengthen Beijing’s ties to the region.


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BREXIT REVOLT: I don’t care what my Brexit stance costs me, I’ll keep on opposing it – Anna Soubry

BREXIT REVOLT: I don’t care what my Brexit stance costs me, I’ll keep on opposing it – Anna Soubry

As the Brexit process treads water, we’ve decided to stand back and ask some poignant questions: does Brexit matter in the big scheme of things? Is it virtually irrelevant beside the forces that are shaping our changing world? Continue reading BREXIT REVOLT: I don’t care what my Brexit stance costs me, I’ll keep on opposing it – Anna Soubry