The British government is virtually out of the game and neither parliament nor the British people have, as part of this agreement, the legal right to obstruct the achievement of Irish unity if it had the consent of the people of the North and The South… Our nation is and will remain a nation of 32 circles. Antrim and Down are and will remain a part of Ireland, just like any southern county.  A rare copy of the Good Friday Agreement, signed and dated by a number of Irish politicians involved in the historic agreement, is to be auctioned on 19 September through Sean Eacrett Antiques, based in Co Laois. The Belfast Agreement is also known as the Good Friday Agreement, as it was concluded on Good Friday on 10 April 1998. It was an agreement between the British and Irish governments and most of northern Ireland`s political parties on how to govern Northern Ireland. Discussions that led to the agreement have focused on issues that have led to conflict in recent decades. The aim was to form a new de-defyed government for Northern Ireland, where unionists and nationalists would share power. The agreement reaffirmed its commitment to “mutual respect, civil rights and religious freedoms for all within the Community.” The multi-party agreement recognized “the importance of respect, understanding and tolerance with regard to linguistic diversity,” particularly with regard to the Irish language, 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 idea of the agreement was to get the two parties to work together in a group called the Northern Ireland Assembly.
The Assembly would take some of the decisions taken previously by the British government in London. The agreement brought together republicans and trade unionists after decades of political conflict in Northern Ireland 1. Participants reiterated their agreement in the procedural motion adopted on 24 September 1997, which stated that “the resolution of the decommissioning issue is an indispensable part of the negotiation process”, and also recall the provisions of paragraph 25 of Section 1. The British government signed the Charter of Regional or Minority Languages on 2 March 2000. After the signing, the government recognized the Irish, Ulster, Scots, Welsh, etc.