In order to strengthen America’s historical links to Ireland, a long standing ally, this Committee seeks to call attention to not only the real and potential threat of Britain’s Brexit policies to Ireland’s economy but also to the impediments to American investments there as Britain’s fails to fulfill its legacy, language and human rights obligations of the Good Friday Agreement.
1. The only real progress made in resolving the conflict in Ireland has involved the initiatives of American President’s. The most significant of these have been the appointment of a Special Envoy to Ireland (President’s Clinton, Bush & Obama) and the removal of visa restrictions (President Clinton) to Sinn Fein leaders. Britain’s exit from the European Community is all but certain to create economic and political instability in Ireland. A Special Envoy would insure an American contribution that doesn’t happen and that the McGuinness Principles of the peace process are embraced.
We seek the appointment by the President of such an envoy to insure the progress achieved to date in resolving the conflict is not undone by British mischievous politics and punitive economic decisions associated with BREXIT.
2. The 1998 Belfast Agreement (GFA) negotiated with the aid of former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell has served to remove guns from the Irish conflict and to provide a measure of progress in protecting human rights and democracy. The GFA is an international treaty with legacy, human rights and justice obligations the UK continues to ignore, delay and obstruct.
We seek voices in opposition to any derogation of Great Britain from the obligations of the 1998 Belfast Agreement( and its successor pacts) and ask for a thorough review of all U. S.-U. K. trade agreements, licenses or contracts pending before the Ways & Means Committee to underscore that concern.
3. Britain ignored the results of its last General Election in all of Ireland in 1918, armed the loyalist minority and Parliament then divided Ireland without one Irish vote ever being cast in its favor. Now with the Brexit vote in NI for Remaining (53-47) Britain again ignores the majority. Partition now makes even less sense and promises more economic stagnation, political and economic instability and an erosion of human rights and social progress in the North.
We seek the voices of Americans, Members of Congress and the leaders of the UK, EU and the UN to acknowledge the Brexit threat to Ireland as an opportunity for re-unification. The Institute of European Studies report of Dr. Hubner and the Joint Oireachtas report of the Irish government underscore the economic benefits of uniting Ireland, as a most logical, practical and economic way to cope with looming Brexit dangers.