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Michael Gove On Good Friday Agreement

10 April 2021 No Comment

At a heated meeting in London, European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic gave the UK until the end of the month to abandon the provisions of the Internal Market Act or face the possible failure of talks on a free trade agreement. The UK`s relationship with the EU has plunged into crisis after ministers rejected a request from Brussels to abandon plans to repeal important elements of the Brexit withdrawal deal. The dispute erupted when the EU and UK`s chief negotiators, Michel Barnier and Lord Frost, ended the latest round of talks on post-Brexit relations, including a free trade agreement, in London. Mr Gove disputed the government`s intention to repeal the withdrawal agreement or to evade the Northern Ireland Protocol, meaning that some goods imported from the rest of the UK are subject to EU tariffs. But cabinet minister Michael Gove, who heads a joint committee on the withdrawal agreement with Sefcovic, said the government was not prepared to resign. Emergency talks were called after ministers acknowledged on Tuesday that provisions in the bill to allow the government to amend elements of the Northern Ireland withdrawal agreement would be contrary to international law. “Everything we do will be essential to the protection and implementation of the agreement, including, of course, when we leave the European Union.” “But we must ensure that the protocol is implemented in a way that respects the fact that Northern Ireland is an integral part of the United Kingdom and an integral part of our customs territory. It is the British ministers at Westminster who are responsible for good governance in Northern Ireland.┬áMr Gove`s views are “a fanatical union protest against the deal,” said Brendan O`Leary, a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania and an adviser to the British Labour Party and the Irish government in the years leading up to the signing of the agreement in 1998. The Scottish-born Brexit supporter said the deal was a “rigged referendum,” a “lethal stain” and “a humiliation of our army, police and Parliament.” “After Loughgall and Drumnakilly, the government became cautious and concerned about the accusations,” he said.

In the pamphlet published by the right-wing think tank Centre for Policy Studies, Gove called the agreement a “Trojan horse.” “If you reach an agreement, you are solemnly involved in laborious negotiations and so on, you sign, you go through your own Parliament and your own Parliament agrees. Then you decide to undermine this international agreement. He said the EU was “not shy” if it used the “mechanisms and remedies” contained in the agreement to oppose violations if the UK did not withdraw the provisions. Michael Gove, the former environment minister, called the Good Friday agreement in 2000 a “denial of our national integrity.” The `Peace Prize`, an analysis of British policy in Northern Ireland, is a long-standing critique of the framework of the agreement, the UK`s policy on safeguarding the agreement and Ireland`s role in the Northern Ireland peace process, written for the Centre for Policy Studies.

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