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The agreement consists of two interconnected documents, both agreed in Belfast on Good Friday, 10 April 1998: in a context of political violence during the unrest, the agreement committed participants to « exclusively democratic and peaceful means of settling disputes over political issues ». This had two aspects: the vague wording of some provisions, described as « constructive ambiguity »[8], helped to ensure acceptance of the agreement and served to postpone debate on some of the most controversial issues. These include paramilitary dismantling, police reform and the standardisation of Northern Ireland. These institutional arrangements, which have been established in these three areas, are defined in the agreement as « interdependent and interdependent ». In particular, it is found that the functioning of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the North-South Council of Ministers is « so closely linked that the success of the other depends on the success of the other », and participation in the North-South Council of Ministers is « one of the essential tasks related to the relevant posts in [Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland] ». The Northern Ireland Act 1998 is also the legal basis for the various institutions set out in the multi-party agreement. 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. During negotiations on the UK`s planned withdrawal from the European Union in 2019, the EU developed a position paper on its concerns about the UK`s support for the Good Friday Agreement during Brexit. The position paper covers, inter alia, the prevention of a hard border, North-South cooperation between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the right to birth of all inhabitants of Northern Ireland (as provided for in the Agreement) and the common travel area. [31] [32] Anyone born in Northern Ireland who is therefore entitled to an Irish passport under the Good Friday Agreement can retain EU citizenship even after Brexit.

[33] As part of the European Union`s Brexit negotiating directives, the UK has been asked to convince other member states that these issues have been addressed to move on to the second phase of Brexit negotiations. . . .