Ad Hoc Committee to Protect the Good Friday Agreement Members

Former Congressman and committee co-chair Bruce Morrison said: “Pro-Brexit supporters have diminished the importance of the GFA almost to the point of rejecting it." From the point of view of international law, the United Kingdom has a dual obligation to accede to the European Convention, on the one hand as a party to this treaty and on the other hand through the GFA. At the heart of these safeguard measures under the European Convention is the right to life enshrined in Article 2. The members of the Committee stress that they have spent many years supporting the peace process while refusing to take sides. Businesses, including retailers, manufacturers and farmers, have called for an end to the dispute between London and Brussels on the eve of a crucial joint meeting between the UK and the EU committee between Brexit Minister Lord Frost and European Commission Vice-President MaroÅ¡ Å efÄoviÄ in London, which will also be attended online by representatives of the 27 EU Member States. “The safety net is the insurance policy that protects the ACM, and the ACM cannot be used as a bargaining chip as Brexiteers seek an alternative settlement," Walsh said. “We cannot afford another missed opportunity in the joint committee as we saw earlier this year," the Northern Ireland Business Brexit Task Force (NIBBWG) said in reference to the March talks, which collapsed when Frost unilaterally suspended most of the controls required by the Northern Ireland Protocol. “The recent decision by the Prime Minister and Parliament to reopen the Withdrawal Agreement and find an alternative to the backstop has put the Good Friday Agreement at stake. We`re concerned about that," said a statement from the committee, co-chaired by former Congresswoman James Walsh, a Republican, and Bruce Morrison, a Democrat. The letter further notes that the proposed statute of limitations appears to violate several agreements relating to Northern Ireland, including the Good Friday Agreement, the Stormont House Agreement, the Weston Park Agreement and the new approach of the new decade. (2) Expresses its support for the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements, including the Stormont House Agreement concluded in December 2014, as well as the Protocol on Northern Ireland to the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (referred to in this Resolution as the Protocol on Northern Ireland); And the committee sent a letter to British Prime Minister Theresa May and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar expressing their concerns about the Belfast/Good Friday agreement in the context of the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

“This would be a triad given that the majority of people in Northern Ireland voted to stay and supported the backstop, while the DUP considers the backstop to be `toxic,`" O`Malley said. We hope that it can solve the squaring of the circle. We really do. We will take a close look and work with our colleagues in the U.S. Congress to do everything in our power to protect the Good Friday Agreement. “This would reverse the hard-won compromise on old issues in the NDNA [New Approach to the New Decade] and seems to us to be a significant violation of several international human rights treaties in which the UK is involved. The two sides are trying to reach agreement on around 30 issues related to the control of animals, goods and medicines, and have reached a broad consensus in eight areas, including the identification of farm animals, free passports for guide dogs and the movement of second cars between the UK and NI. (8) Expresses its support for the Protocol on Northern Ireland and its full implementation, which ensures, through international agreements, that no `hard border` is reintroduced on the island of Ireland; and (3) congratulates all parties in Northern Ireland on their return to a power-sharing agreement in January 2020; The committee is non-partisan and reflects the broad spectrum of Irish America, according to a press release.

The committee will work closely with the U.S. Congress “to support and protect the Good Friday Agreement," the statement concluded. The Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union and the Protocol to that Agreement on Northern Ireland on the maintenance of an open border on the island of Ireland (referred to in this preamble as the “Protocol of Northern Ireland") are intended to protect the peace established under the Good Friday Agreement. Coveney is heading to the US capital as talks on Brexit, the UK`s Single Market Act and the Good Friday Agreement continue in earnest. As the guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, the United States has a legitimate interest in protecting it. Northern Irish businesses have called on UK and EU leaders to end the Brexit “blame game" and provide urgent solutions to end growing tensions over controls on food and goods crossing the Irish Sea in the region. Leaders of the ad hoc committee, according to the statement, sought to meet with the Irish and British ambassadors in Washington and senior State Department officials to argue that Irish America was “mobilized and vigilant." The multi-party ad hoc committee tasked with protecting the Good Friday Agreement was established in 2019 and includes 40 U.S. experts dedicated to protecting the Good Friday Agreement and maintaining an open border on the island of Ireland. Their joint statement came when U.S. Congressman James Walsh, co-chair of the Ad Hoc Committee to Protect the Good Friday Agreement (GFA), urged Joe Biden to send a presidential envoy to the region to advance peace efforts. “We are increasingly concerned that the GFA will become collateral damage as a result of Brexit and the ongoing disputes over the Northern Ireland Protocol," he said.

(10) take into account, where appropriate, the conditions under which the obligations arising from the Good Friday Agreement must be fulfilled if the United States is to negotiate a comprehensive and mutually beneficial trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom. “The Minister strongly argued that the Northern Ireland Protocol, which took three years to draft when fully implemented, was intended to protect the Good Friday Agreement." The main objective of the ad hoc group is to ensure the means of cooperation within and between these islands and to ensure that agreements, policies or legislation drawn up or adopted by the competent regional/decentralised and national governments and/or the European Union are conducive to maintaining the conditions for cooperation within the island of Ireland and with the United Kingdom and between it. are mandatory. More than 30 members of the committee, including John Fitzpatrick of the American Ireland Funds and leaders of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, took part in a telephone conversation with Minister Coveney on Tuesday. (4) Urges all parties in Northern Ireland to work together to ensure the implementation of all commitments under the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements, so that all the institutions of the Good Friday Agreement can function successfully and sustainably and address current political challenges; Committee co-chair Bruce Morrison said Coveney had also made it clear that the European Union was ready to strike a trade deal that would protect the Good Friday deal. Their plea comes when a U.S. political committee involving five former U.S. ambassadors said Joe Biden should appoint a special envoy of the president for Northern Ireland because he fears the Good Friday agreement will be “savagely boycotted in protest against protocol." .