The agreement contained provisions that became part of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 on the form of a future referendum on a united Ireland. The Council`s order must specify the details of the investigation, including the date, the right to vote, the question, and “any other provision relating to the investigation that the Secretary of State deems appropriate.” The referendum would be regulated under the UK Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 and monitored by the UK Electoral Commission, which would be required by law to assess the “comprehensibility” of the referendum issue. Northern Ireland`s political parties in favour of the agreement were also invited to consider the establishment of an independent civil society advisory forum composed of members with expertise in the social, cultural, economic and other fields, appointed by both governments. A framework for the North-South Consultation Forum was agreed in 2002 and in 2006 the Northern Ireland Executive agreed that it would support its establishment. Sinn Fein had challenged the flag order, which a Supreme Court judge rejected on 4 October 2001.1 “Symbols and emblems of the Good Friday Agreement”, BBC News, accessed 7 February 2013, www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/agreement/culture/symbols2. (ii) To recognise that it is solely for the peoples of the island of Ireland to exercise, by agreement between the two parties and without external hindrance, their right to self-determination on the basis of the free consent simultaneously accorded to the North and the South, in order to create a united Ireland, if they so wish, by accepting this right with and subject to the consent and consent of a majority of the people of Northern Ireland; The conference takes the form of regular and frequent meetings between british and Irish ministers to promote cooperation between the two governments at all levels. On matters which have not been transferred to Northern Ireland, the Irish Government may present positions and proposals. All decisions of the Conference shall be taken by mutual agreement between the two Governments and the two Governments have agreed to make determined efforts to resolve disagreements between them. To promote minority languages, the government created the Centre`s Community Relations Unit to develop a guideline on the use of languages for Irish, Ulster and the languages of other communities.
In December 1999, the North/South Languages Implementation Body entered into force to uphold the government`s commitment to support linguistic diversity under the agreement.1 “The Good Friday Agreement: Culture”,” BBC News, accessed February 7, 2013, www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/agreement/culture/irish2.sh. The overall result of these problems was to damage unionists` confidence in the deal, which was exploited by the anti-deal DUP, which eventually overtook the pro-deal Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) in the 2003 general election. The UUP had already resigned from power-sharing in 2002 after the Stormontgate scandal, in which three men were accused of gathering information. These charges were eventually dropped in 2005 on the controversial grounds that the persecution was not “in the public interest”. Immediately afterwards, one of the accused Sinn Féin members, Denis Donaldson, was denounced as a British agent. In December 2016, RTÉ`s Claire Byrne Live/Amárach research panel asked: “Is it time for a united Ireland?” Forty-six percent of respondents said yes, while 32% said no and 22% said they didn`t know. Support was highest among those aged 25 to 34, with 54% saying yes.  In May 2000, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern arrived in Northern Ireland for talks as part of a revision of the Belfast Agreement. Peter Mandelson proposes to reduce the presence of British Army soldiers in Northern Ireland by an unknown number if the IRA keeps its promise of dismantling.
[fn]”Chronology: Northern Ireland,” Conciliation Resources, accessed February 9, 2015, www.c-r.org/our-work/accord/northern-ireland/chronology.php. [/efn_note] The Belfast Agreement is also known as the Good Friday Agreement because it was concluded on Good Friday, April 10, 1998. It was an agreement between the British and Irish governments and most of Northern Ireland`s political parties on how Northern Ireland should be governed. The talks that led to the agreement focused on issues that had led to conflicts in recent decades. The aim was to create a new decentralised government for Northern Ireland in which unionists and nationalists would share power. The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union has increased the perceived likelihood of a united Ireland to avoid the demand for a possible hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.   The Good Friday Agreement states that “the Foreign Secretary” should call a referendum “if, at any time, it seems likely to him that a majority of voters would express the wish that Northern Ireland no longer be part of the United Kingdom and be part of a united Ireland.”  In addition to reaffirming their commitment to human rights in the Good Friday Agreement, the parties agreed to amend UK legislation to incorporate the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) from the Northern Ireland Act (1998). .