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New Communist Party of Britain

FOR A UNITED IRELAND AND LASTING PEACE

The New Communist Party calls for an immediate end to the partition of Ireland and the achievement of complete national self-determination and sovereignty in a united Ireland.

We believe the Irish people have the right to achieve those goals using peaceful, political or military means, just as the British state realises its interests through peaceful, political and military measures.

The NCP welcomes the advances made under the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, the establishment of the Northern Ireland executive and assembly, and the overwhelming endorsement of the agreement in the all-Ireland 1999 referendum.

The NCP believes Sinn Féin is a broad alliance of nationalist and patriotic class forces that, more than any other organisation, embodies Ireland’s historic fight for national liberation and is the heir of the struggles of the United Irishmen, the Young Irelanders the Fenian Brotherhood, the Land League, the Irish Citizen Army, and the Irish Republican Army.

We believe that Sinn Féin was the driving force in developing the peace process from the early 1990s onwards, and that the Good Friday Agreement would have been unlikely without a Labour government in Britain.

But rather than devolution within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK), we call for a complete end to British involvement and interference in Irish affairs and any British state presence on Irish soil including civil, military, police or intelligence, and complete independence in a united Ireland. Britain should no longer regard Ireland as part of its sphere of influence.

But we recognise that the IRA’s armed struggle had reached a stalemate, the right of the people of Ireland to adopt new forms of struggle, and the need to develop reconciliation and build the confidence of the Unionist community that there is a future place in a united Ireland, in which their traditions will be respected.

We welcome the transfer of policing and justice powers to the Northern Ireland Executive. Neverthheless in our view the lack of fiscal powers and almost total dependence on annual block grants from Westminster are major problems for the Belfast institutions.

The north of Ireland is recovering from 30 years of conflict, has the highest unemployment rate in the UK, and the largest employer is the public sector; yet there is no exemption from the brutal spending cuts imposed by the Conservative, Liberal-Democratic coalition (Coalition) government in London.

We believe Britain has a responsibility to make a substantial contribution towards overcoming the legacy of the conflict, whether the north of Ireland remains part of the UK or not.

We support Sinn Féin’s demands for a £10 billion Peace Dividend from the British Government over 10 years and for the British state to acknowledge its role as a combatant in the conflict.

Britain was responsible for establishing a ruthless sectarian state in 1921 and inflicting enormous damage and suffering on the nationalist population, while reaping the profits of its industrial and financial interests in the north of Ireland.

We also recognise possible dangers to the advance of the peace process due to recent decisions by the current Coalition government on inquiries into British crimes during the conflict and on republican prisoners. We believe that the negative attitude of the current Northern Ireland Minister to implementing the Good Friday Agreement has the potential to undermine the peace process.

The NCP Supports the mass campaigns against the savage austerity measures being imposed in the Republic of Ireland, with the backing of Brussels and the IMF, to pay the cost of the banking crash of 2008.

The NCP will continue to work with the Wolfe Tone Society, the Connolly Association and with the trade union and labour movements in Britain in support of a united and sovereign Ireland.