Anglo Irish Agreement Jeremy Corbyn
In the communiqué accompanying the agreement, the United Kingdom agreed that all British Army patrols in Northern Ireland would have a civilian escort from the Royal Ulster Constabulary, except in the most exceptional circumstances.  Until 1997, the Irish government protested against thousands of protests against violations of this obligation.  The British House of Commons voted in favour of a request to adopt the agreement by a majority of 426 votes (473 votes in favour and 47 against, the largest majority during Thatcher`s tenure). The majority of the Conservative Party voted in favour (although there were a few Unionist MPs within the party who opposed it), as well as the Labour Party and the Liberal Alliance-SDP. Of Northern Ireland`s main parties, only the Nationalist Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) and the Inter-Community Alliance supported the deal. Jeremy Corbyn voted against the deal and opposed it in Parliament: Corbyn will travel to Belfast on Thursday to celebrate 20 years since the deal cemented the peace process. If it could be said that the peace process began somewhere, it began with the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985. The approval of the agreement by the House of Commons gave rise to the largest parliamentary majority in Mrs Thatcher`s government – she must have regretted having signed it for the rest of her life – 473 voted in favour and only 47 against. All the unionist parties opposed it, but with the support of almost all the Conservatives and Labour and the SDLP, it was adopted.
The deal was rejected by Republicans because it confirmed Northern Ireland`s status as a member of the United Kingdom. The Commissional Irish Republican Army (IRA) continued its violent campaign and did not support the deal. Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams denounced the deal: “formal recognition of the division of Ireland. [is] a disaster for the nationalist cause. [it] far outweighs the powerless advisory role that has been assigned to Dublin.  On the other hand, the IRA and Sinn Féin claimed that the concessions made by Britain were the result of its armed campaign which gave political recognition to the SDLP.  Brian Feeney of the SDLP proposed that the 1986 agreement speed up Sinn Féin`s decision to abandon the abstention of the Republic Oireachtas.  www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jacob-rees-mogg-jeremy-corbyn-good-friday-agreement-brexit-northern-ireland-border-a8234631.html Unlike the author of this article, I saw first-hand how the peace process was actually progressing. My wife worked for JC for 17 years and accompanied him on many occasions in Ireland (North & South). Unfortunately, Anthony contravenes most of the facts. It was not Blair`s entry into office that broke the traffic jams, but a statement by a Tory minister, Brooke, who said: “Britain has no selfish interests in Ireland and is ready to talk about peace” that it started.
At the same time, John Hume and Gerry Adams had both begun discussions about what a ceasefire and negotiations might be, under much criticism. Stupid not to realize that it was a Tory diet that started….