Northern Ireland’s role in the new post-Brexit era: a closer look at Sunak’s win

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As the UK officially left the European Union, all eyes are now on Northern Ireland and its role in the new post-Brexit era. Recently, Rishi Sunak’s historic win has brought a great deal of attention to this region. But what does it mean for Northern Ireland? In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at how Sunak’s victory could impact Northern Ireland and why it matters to everyone watching Brexit unfold. Get ready for an insightful journey into one of the most significant political events of our time!

The Good Friday Agreement

The Good Friday Agreement, also known as the Belfast Agreement, was a political agreement reached on 10 April 1998 that ended most of the violence in Northern Ireland. The agreement was signed by the British and Irish governments, as well as the main political parties in Northern Ireland. It resulted in the establishment of a devolved power-sharing government in Northern Ireland, which has functioned smoothly since then.

Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, certain constitutional changes were made to how Northern Ireland would be governed. These included:
-the recognition of both unionism and nationalism;
-the guarantee of equal rights and opportunities for all;
-the recognition of both British and Irish citizenship;
-the right to self-determination;
-the commitment to peaceful and democratic means of resolving differences;
-the need for power-sharing and cross-community cooperation;
-the relinquishing of any claim to sovereignty over Northern Ireland by either side;
-the renunciation of violence by all parties; and,
-the commitment to uphold human rights and equality.

In addition to these constitutional changes, several important institutions were established under the Agreement. These included:
-The North/South Ministerial Council, which meets periodically to discuss issues of mutual concern between the governments of Ireland and Northern Ireland;
– The British–Irish Intergovernmental Conference, which provides a forum for discussion between the British and Irish

Brexit and the Backstop

In his first major speech as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak made a clear commitment to Northern Ireland’s continued role in the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit future. In a wide-ranging address, Sunak set out his vision for a “new era” of economic prosperity and opportunity, built on the foundation of the Good Friday Agreement.

Sunak emphasised that Northern Ireland would remain an integral part of the UK after Brexit, and that there would be no return to the “hard border” of the past. He also announced a range of new investment measures aimed at supporting businesses and jobs in Northern Ireland.

Sunak’s speech was warmly welcomed by politicians from across the political spectrum in Northern Ireland. It is clear that the UK government is committed to working closely with the devolved administration in Belfast to ensure a smooth and successful transition to the post-Brexit era.

The New Deal

In his first major speech since becoming Prime Minister, Boris Johnson promised a “new deal” for Northern Ireland. Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom, but has a devolved government. This means that while some areas are controlled by Westminster, others are managed by Belfast. The new deal would see more power given to the devolved government, including control over taxes and welfare.

The problem is that this would mean diverging from the rest of the UK in some key areas, which could have knock-on effects for trade and the economy. It’s also unclear how much support Johnson has from his own party for these plans. But with Brexit looming large, it’s clear that something needs to change in order to keep Northern Ireland on board.


The new post-Brexit era brings a unique set of opportunities and challenges for Northern Ireland. With Rishi Sunak’s victory, there is now the potential to both strengthen economic ties with Europe and ensure that the region has an even stronger voice in high level negotiations. However, it will be important to monitor developments closely, as any changes or agreements could have long-lasting implications on how business is done in this country going forward.


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