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Anglo-Irish Agreement

Volume 124: debated on Friday 18 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if, in any negotiations with leaders of political parties in Northern Ireland, he will make it his policy to consider proposals for a demonstrably better and more widely acceptable arrangement for ordering the structures of government in Northern Ireland and relationships with the Republic of Ireland, in place of the Anglo-Irish Agreement.

The Government remain committed to the Anglo-Irish Agreement. At the same time, I have made clear that we are very ready to consider constructive proposals which can command widespread support. Our policy is to seek an agreed basis on which greater responsibility can be devolved to elected representatives in Northern Ireland.