New Communist Party of Britain
This is just one section of the Main Political Resolution adopted at the 2009 16th Congress of the New Communist Party of Britain.
An index to the other sections can be found here -> [2009 Policy Documents]
Ireland has suffered the consequences of English and British colonisation since feudal times, with periodic uprisings and rebellions by its people. Resistance to English occupation dates back to the 12th century; the modern struggle for national liberation began with the United Irish rebellion of 1798 and continued up until the IRA campaigns of 1969−1997, forming a continuous thread of struggle for national self−determination.
The New Communist Party believes it is the right of the Irish people to determine the nature of that struggle, including responding to colonial domination and violence with armed struggle.
The Adams−Hume peace process begun in 1988 resulted in two IRA ceasefires and, following Labour’s election victory in 1997, the parties in the north together with the British and Irish governments negotiated the historic Good Friday Agreement in 1998. This was overwhelmingly endorsed by the people of northern and southern Ireland in the 1999 referendum.
The NCP believes that the leading role in the peace process was played by Sinn Fein and that the 1998 agreement was only possible under a Labour government.
Only now are the conditions being created to redress the injustices of British rule, sectarianism and partition, and 11 years after the Good Friday Agreement major advances have been made in community relations, policing and north−south economic co−operation.
But the agreement has still not been fully implemented and policing and justice have still not been devolved from Westminster to the Northern Ireland Executive.
Nevertheless the benefits of the peace process have transformed the situation throughout Ireland. We believe that the full implementation of the agreement will bring about an important change in relations between the north and the south of Ireland and between Ireland and Britain.
The NCP regards Sinn Fein as the vanguard in the struggle for Irish national liberation and the driving force behind the peace process in Ireland.
However Ireland’s national liberation struggle will not be complete until the ending of partition and Ireland is a united sovereign state, free from any interference or influence from Britain. Britain can no longer regard Ireland as a “sphere of influence”.
The NCP call for:
The implementation of the Good Friday Agreement in its entirety;
The total dismantling of any British presence on Irish soil, including the withdrawal of all British military, police and intelligence personnel and an end to all British involvement and interference in Irish affairs;
Concrete moves to prepare for an end to the partition of Ireland at the earliest practical opportunity.
The NCP will continue to work with the Wolfe Tone Society, the Connolly Association and the Troops Out Movement and within the trade union and labour movements in Britain, in support of a united and sovereign Ireland.