The multi-party agreement forced the parties to "use any influence they might have" to secure the dismantling of all paramilitary weapons within two years of referendums to approve the agreement. The standardisation process forced the British government to reduce the number and role of its armed forces in Northern Ireland "to a level compatible with a normal peaceful society". These include the removal of security facilities and the lifting of specific emergency powers in Northern Ireland. The Irish government has committed to a "thorough review" of its breaches of state law. The overall result of these problems was to undermine unionists` confidence in the agreement exploited by the anti-deal DUP, which eventually overtook the pro-deal Unionist Party (UUP) in the 2003 parliamentary elections. The UUP had already resigned from the power-sharing executive in 2002 following the Stormontgate scandal, which implicated three men for gathering intelligence. These charges were eventually dropped in 2005 on the controversial grounds that the persecution was not "in the public interest". Immediately afterwards, one of the incriminated members of Sinn Féin, Denis Donaldson, was unmasked as a British agent. Issues of sovereignty, civil and cultural rights, weapons dismantling, demilitarization, justice and police work were at the heart of the agreement. The vague wording of some provisions, called "constructive ambiguities", helped to secure acceptance of the agreement and postpone debate on some of the most controversial issues.
These include paramilitary dismantling, police reform and the standardisation of Northern Ireland. The agreement called for the creation of an independent commission to audit police rules in Northern Ireland, "including ways to promote broad community support" for these agreements. The UK government has also pledged to "carry out a comprehensive review" of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland. The agreement reached was that Northern Ireland was part of the United Kingdom and would remain so until a majority of the population of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland wanted something else. Should this happen, the UK and Irish governments will be required to "have a binding commitment" to implement this decision. As early as Saturday, after the announcement of the results of the referendum, one of the dominant topics of the electoral campaign emerged: David Trimble demanded that Gerry Adams officially announce that he renounces the military option, failing which he will refuse to work with him in the executive committee resulting from the future assembly. Gerry Adams hat sich bisher geweigert zu behaupten, dass "der Krieg vorbei ist". – Starke Mobilisierung • In Nordirland erreichte die Wahlbeteiligung am Freitag 81,1 Prozent, den höchsten Prozentsatz seit Beginn der Gewalt im Jahr 1968.
676.966 Wahlberechtigte stimmten mit "Ja", das sind 71,12 Prozent, 274.871 stimmten mit Nein. . . .