Brexit undercuts Northern Ireland’s peace pact

April 02, 2021

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Blue, yellow, and white vehicles disembark from a ferry arriving from Scotland.

Vehicles disembark from a ferry arriving from Scotland at the port of Larne, Northern Ireland, Feb. 2, 2021. Outlawed Loyalist paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland have written to Britain's prime minister, March 4, 2021, saying they are temporarily withdrawing their support for the historic 1998 peace accord because of disruption caused by new post-Brexit trade rules. 

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Twenty-three years ago on Friday, the Irish and British governments, along with most of the political parties in Northern Ireland signed the Good Friday accords. Former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern says Brexit has undercut the peace pact. And, migrant women have alleged gender discrimination in US seasonal work. For the first time, they now have a way to file complaints directly with Mexico or the US. Also, as more Venezuelans migrate to Colombia, integration has not been easy. A kickball league in one Colombian border town has eased tensions through cross-cultural communication. 

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