The moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ireland, Dr Robert Dickinson, wrote to Thatcher, saying the deal was “the beginning of the process of pushing Northern Ireland out of the UK – sovereignty has been compromised”.  Ian Gow, a close friend of Thatcher`s and former Parliamentary Private Secretary, resigned from his position at the Treasury in protest at the deal. After the Milan negotiations had dispelled any doubt about Mrs Thatcher`s willingness to act, the negotiations progressed rapidly. By the end of July, officials had prepared the main features of an agreement, and it was up to the respective cabinets to take the necessary decisions on three or four controversial points. Dick Spring, Ireland`s Deputy Prime Minister, and Foreign Secretary Peter Barry met with Howe and Hurd in London. At his separate press conference, Prime Minister FitzGerald clung to the hopeful language and tone of the statement. He described the discussions as “extensive and constructive.” He refused to be drawn into a public disagreement with the British prime minister. But their remarks provoked a storm of criticism in Ireland. Hume, for example, called his language “deep and justified anger and insult” provocative. Back in Dublin, during a closed-door session of his party`s MPs, FitzGerald called his remarks “gratuitously offensive,” a phrase that quickly found its way into the newspapers.
Irish republicans have been able to reject the only constitutional progress (in the eyes of many nationalists and republicans) since the fall of Stormont a decade earlier. As such, the agreement reinforced the policy approach advocated by the SDLP and helped Republicans recognise the principle of consent as the basis for the fundamental change in Northern Ireland`s national status, which was explicitly expressed in the 1998 agreement. In ten years, however, PIRA announced a (first) ceasefire, and both governments negotiated with both sides in the Northern Ireland conflict that led to the Good Friday Agreement.  After harassing Collins for months, de Valera obtained her wish when the IRA set fire to customs. It was a complete disaster for the IRA and Collins` squad when 100 men from the Dublin Brigades were arrested. The British confused stupidity with boldness and strength, even though they showed the strength of the IRA, and at the insistence of King George V, there was soon a ceasefire. The agreement, which was finally published in November 1985, represented the culmination of 18 months of negotiations which began at official level almost immediately after the publication of the New Ireland Forum report in May 1984. Along the way, there were the two Prime Ministers` Summits, their four informal meetings on the margins of the European Common Market Conferences, six meetings of Ministers and 35 between lower-level officials. Meanwhile, the British prime minister had also dealt intensively with the death in October 1984, when IRA bombs blew up the Brighton hotel where she and most of her cabinet were staying for a Conservative Party conference. What can unionists do to undermine the deal? This is the question that arises now and for the year to come. Originally, the treaty was signed only by those present at the closing session at 10 Downing Street: Griffith, Michael Collins and Robert Barton on the Irish side and Lloyd George, Lord Birkenhead, Austen Chamberlain and Winston Churchill on the British side.
The Irish delegation had moved its headquarters to 22 Hans Place in London`s trendy Knightsbridge district, where it returned at 2:45 a.m.m. with its signed copy of the contract. The last two Irish negotiators signed it there: George Gavan Duffy and Ãamonn Duggan, who apparently signed it without taking the cigarette out of their mouths. He rejected the treaty of 6 December 1921, which they signed to form the Irish Free State, but mainly because it imposed an oath of allegiance to the British Crown. If it had stopped there, it would have been in a familiar diplomatic tradition in which difficult questions are left vague and open. Instead, she continued to deliberately launch a scathing attack on the three constitutional models of the New Ireland Forum: “I made it quite clear, and so did Mr Prior, when he was Foreign Secretary, that a united Ireland was something that existed. A second solution was a confederation system: it was over. A third solution was common authority: it`s over. Since Mrs Thatcher made these remarks with her usual vehemence, she has managed, as noted in the editorial in the Irish Dublin press, to make “out” sound like a four-letter word. Irish negotiators; Griffith, Collins, Robert Barton, Eamonn Duggan and George Gavan Duffy, although they were not satisfied with the conditions, Lloyd George said non-acceptance would lead to a resumption of the war, which was lost by the IRA at the time the ceasefire was declared. The delegation finally recommended the treaty to Dáil Éireann, which was signed on December 6.
Our special envoy in Belfast says the Northern Cabinet is positively surprised by the deal. Only when the cabinet has had time to discuss the details with the British government will no decision be made. In a speech in Birmingham, Mr Chamberlain called on the men of Ulster and Sir James Craig himself to consider before making their decision whether they could not serve the cause of imperial unity and strength by joining the Irish Free State while preserving their interests. The failure of the Prior Assembly initiative made it clear to the British Prime Minister that if it were to take any action to change the unpromising dynamics of the situation in Northern Ireland, it would have to do so through an agreement with Dublin. In this sense, the 1985 agreement is an expression of British despair at the stubbornness and sterility of the Unionist position. The other articles express their support for the creation of an Anglo-Irish parliamentary committee composed of the House of Commons and the Dáil (the lower house of the Irish Parliament) and provide for a revision of the agreement after three years. With only 13 articles, the deal is short and bland. Strategically, the agreement showed that the British government recognised as legitimate the Republic`s desires to have an interest in the affairs of Northern Ireland, it also showed the Unionists that they could not veto British policy on Ulster by their presence in the House of Commons. The public meetings lasted nine days, from December 19 to January 7. On 19 December, Arthur Griffith proposed: “That Dáil Éireann approve the treaty between Great Britain and Ireland, which was signed in London on 6 December 1921.” “I signed a peace treaty between Ireland and the UK. I believe that the treaty will lay the foundations for peace and friendship between the two nations.
From what I have signed, I will say with the conviction that the end of the age-old conflict is near. The second Dáil ratified the treaty on 7 January 1922 by 64 votes to 57. .