The result of these referendums was a large majority in both parts of Ireland in favour of the agreement. In the Republic, 56% of voters, 94% of the vote, voted in favour of revising the Constitution. In Northern Ireland, turnout was 81% and 71% of the vote was in favour of the agreement. As part of the agreement, the British Parliament annulled the Government of Ireland Act 1920 (which had founded Northern Ireland, divided Ireland and asserted territorial rights to the whole of Ireland) and the people of the Republic of Ireland amended Articles 2 and 3 of the Irish Constitution, which asserted a territorial right to Northern Ireland. The agreement set out a complex set of provisions relating to a number of areas, including: by rejecting the terms of a treaty negotiated with these institutions, Johnson`s Internal Market Act opens a new chapter in UK-EU relations. It dissolves the tradition of pragmatic foreign policy in an acidic Europhhobe paranoia. The Prime Minister justifies the refusal clauses of the law by the fact that Brussels threatens the “territorial integrity” of the United Kingdom. He raises the prospect of a “blockade” – a vengeful obstruction of agricultural assets that run from the rest of Britain to Northern Ireland. It is a representation too twisted by lies to function as a caricature of the facts. Beyond an EU deal, the only deal that will kill Stein dead is such an approach to a trade deal with the US. American affection for Ireland and its commitment to the Good Friday Agreement is not well known in Britain, but it is profound. The United States sees itself as the guarantor of the deal that must be preserved, Congressman Richard Neal said in response to Johnson`s bill. Neal has devoted much of his career to U.S.
relations and maintaining U.S. participation in the Northern Ireland peace process. The agreement reaffirmed its commitment to “mutual respect, civil rights and religious freedoms for all in the community.” The multi-party agreement recognised “the importance of respect, understanding and tolerance with regard to linguistic diversity”, in particular with regard to the Irish language, the Ulster Scots and the languages of other ethnic minorities in Northern Ireland, “all of which are part of the cultural richness of the island of Ireland”. The vague wording of some provisions, called “constructive ambiguities”, helped to secure acceptance of the agreement and postpone debate on some of the most controversial issues. These include paramilitary dismantling, police reform and the standardisation of Northern Ireland. .