A possible DUP/Tories Coalition breaks the ‘Impartiality Clause’ in the Good Friday Agreement!

In the Good Friday agreement that was written in 1998 might create issues for the newly admitted deal between the Conservative Party (Tories) and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) yesterday, after the Tories lost their majority and their powers in the House. The lacking need of MPs, which made this agreement happen in the first place.

If you read the Good Friday Agreement or “The Agreement” of 1998 between the Her Majesty Government or the United Kingdom Government and the Northern Irish Government. Where the peace-agreement are clearly evident on the Constitutional Aspect of the agreement, that implicates certain values between the London and Belfast. That certainly Prime Minister Theresa May and DUP leader Arlene Foster, who both doesn’t want to think about the implications.

Therefore, let me take an important paragraph from the Agreement:

(v) affirm that whatever choice is freely exercised by a majority of the people of Northern Ireland, the power of the sovereign government with jurisdiction there shall be exercised with rigorous impartiality on behalf of all the people in the diversity of their identities and traditions and shall be founded on the principles of full respect for, and equality of, civil, political, social and cultural rights, of freedom from discrimination for all citizens, and of parity of esteem and of just and equal treatment for the identity, ethos, and aspirations of both communities” (Good Friday Agreement – Constitutional Isssues, 1998).

So with this in mind, the sovereign government in Northern Ireland should be exercised with rigorous impartiality. Merriam-Webster explains impartiality as “lack of favoritism toward one side or another”. If understood rightfully means that the Tories are now favoring the DUP in Northern Ireland, which would be natural as they are going into partnership as they are giving enough votes for them to continue to form a new cabinet. Since the Northern Irish questions will be concerning the policies and angles of DUP, not the rest. As the Sinn Fein and other parties will not be a part of the coalition. Therefore, while the Tories will walk close and with honor of their accord. They will clearly be careful making troubles with their partner, that is clearly in violation of the one paragraph signed in the Good Friday Agreement. Because the Tories has to be impartial to make sure their fellow comrade are taken care off and are happy.

If this break the inner-works of Stormont and the other political structures in Northern Ireland, it wouldn’t be surprising as the DUP are risking the agreement that laid peace for some more power in the whole Union. Without considering the implications of their impartial place by close working with No. 10. That Sinn Fein is reacting isn’t shocking, if Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), People Before Profits (PBP), Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) and Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV). Still, the biggest voice in the NI other than DUP is Sinn Fein. Where Gerry Adams and others will clearly say this is a breach of the agreement.

I can understand this, even if the other parties in Northern Ireland isn’t questioning it. As Arlene Foster and Company are using their tricks to get a bargain. This will benefit her party and her constituency, but if it will really benefit the Northern Ireland politics, I doubt it. It will clearly bring massive questions and also a possible overhaul of the agreement. Which, Theresa May doesn’t need as she has enough problems with handling possible negotiations with Brussels and her weaken government into discussions of terms of the Brexit. Peace.

4 thoughts on “A possible DUP/Tories Coalition breaks the ‘Impartiality Clause’ in the Good Friday Agreement!”

  1. Hello. I have a query, born out of almost complete naivete of the GFA. Is there a remedial or dispute mechanism body assigned to determine contraventions by parties to the GFA?
    And if so, have they been approached about the matter of DUP alliance with the Conservative party?
    Thank you for any replies.
    Li D
    Australia.

  2. Hi Li D. The matters now remaining, if the Brexit Agreement of the HM Government will honor the GFA concerning the Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. That is what is interesting right now, as there hasn’t been any mechanisms or anyone considering the impartiality clause, which was looking at the possible breach by the DUP-Tories Agreement after the snap elections. No body or no statute has been looked into.

    Now, the most vital part as stated is the relations between Northern Ireland and Ireland. If they will continue by the pattern made by GFA or if the Brexit will diminish that. I don’t have the answers to that, but only that time will tell.

    1. Many thanks for reply.
      Part of my thinking about this is that a real possibility has arisen due to the ongoing Brexit saga that the GFA may well be breached in a major way in the near future, even if all parties are currently indicating it is furthest from their minds at the moment.
      So a remedial body should be identified by all parties as a matter of some urgency, to quickly rectify any issues before things get out of hand if communal tensions run high.

      Thank you again.
      Li D
      Australia

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