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War Cry comments on the Irish border

One other significant issue is that of how the Irish border can be organised without disrupting the Good Friday agreement

 IF awards were given for the most used words, ‘Brexit’ would have a spectacularly stocked trophy cabinet.

Since the referendum result in June 2016, it has seemed that no newspaper can be published or news bulletin broadcast without containing a story about the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. Anyone who follows the news will be aware of topics such as trade deals, the ‘divorce bill’, cherry-picking and whether Brexit should be hard or soft.

One other significant issue is that of how the Irish border can be organised without disrupting the Good Friday agreement, which was reached 20 years ago next Tuesday (10 April) and which brought to an end 30 years of conflict.

In this week’s issue of The War Cry we feature an interview with former Ulster Volunteer Force terrorist David Hamilton. His story demonstrates the way a life can be changed completely when someone becomes a Christian. David went from a life of violence to one of peace, with a desire to help other people who are struggling as a result of criminality and addiction.

However, his story also draws attention to a time when teenage boys were given training in the use of firearms and in bomb-making while being indoctrinated with a hatred that could justify the killing and maiming of people.

Whatever the final outcome of Brexit may be, everything possible must be done to avoid a return to the Troubles that blighted a generation.

Every negotiator in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and the European Union will be working hard to ensure that peace is maintained in both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Our hope and prayer must be that they will succeed.

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