Life support

Good Friday deal is ‘in resuscitation’, Lord Trimble warned as UK and EU continue to tussle

The Good Friday Agreement is ‘alive’, a former Prime Minister of Northern Ireland has warned as the UK and EU continue to wrangle over Brexit

  • Lord Trimble has warned that the Good Friday Agreement is ‘in resuscitation’
  • The former Prime Minister of Northern Ireland was the architect of the peace agreement
  • Warning comes as UK and EU bicker over Brexit
  • Trimble has urged the DUP to commit to returning to the Stormont executive

Lord Trimble has warned the Good Friday deal is ‘about sustaining life’ as the UK and EU bicker over Brexit.

The former Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, who was one of the architects of the peace deal, has urged the DUP to commit to returning to the Stormont executive.

In the foreword to a report by the Policy Exchange think tank, he wrote: “As we approach the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, it is clear that its institutions are in crisis and indeed under respiratory support. The government says its policy aims to create the conditions for restoring the functioning of the Good Friday Agreement.

“He is involved in a test of wills with the EU that he cannot fail.”

Former Northern Ireland Prime Minister Lord David Trimble in April 2018. He warned the Good Friday deal was ‘about life support’ as the UK and EU bicker about Brexit.

Lord Trimble is a former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, but now sits in the Lords as a Tory peer.

The DUP, which has been the main unionist party in the province since 2003, is currently blocking the formation of a power-sharing executive in Stormont until issues with the Northern Ireland protocol are resolved.

In his article, Lord Trimble said: “The present Unionist leadership has a role to play today. It must show that it is fully committed to restoring power-sharing, not just because it is fair, but because it will impose on all other parties to the conflict a duty to act responsibly.

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