Later, in 1985, the principle of a united Ireland by consent was accepted by both the British and Irish governments in article one of the Anglo-Irish agreement. The Downing Street declaration was enthusiastically welcomed by John Smith for the same reason. If there is such an 'Emerald Isle tendency' as Ruth Dudley Edwards describes, perhaps it can be found in John Major's Cabinet.
MP for Hull North (Lab)
House of Commons
The writer is Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.Reuse content