The agreement was approved by voters across the island of Ireland in two referendums on 22 May 1998. In Northern Ireland, in the 1998 referendum on the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, voters were asked if they supported the multi-party agreement. In the Republic of Ireland, voters were asked whether they would allow the state to sign the agreement and authorize the necessary constitutional changes (nineteen constitutional amendments from Ireland) to facilitate it. The citizens of both countries had to approve the agreement to implement it. The bill, which requires strict compliance with the Good Friday agreement during the Brexit negotiations, was passed unanimously after a debate tonight on Capitol Hill. The Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is included in the UK`s withdrawal agreement from the EU, confirmed that the Good Friday Agreement must be protected in all its parts. The overall result of these problems was to undermine trade unionists` confidence in the agreement exploited by the anti-DUP agreement, which eventually overtook the pro-agreement Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) in the 2003 general elections. UUP had already resigned from the executive in 2002 following the Stormontgate scandal, in which three men were indicted for intelligence gathering. These charges were eventually dropped in 2005 because persecution was not “in the public interest.” Immediately afterwards, one of Sinn Féin`s members, Denis Donaldson, was unmasked as a British agent. While last month`s withdrawal agreement between the European Union and Britain “looks very promising for Northern Ireland,” he notes that divisions in British politics are well under way ahead of the general election on 12 December. The Good Friday Agreement was approved by referendum on 22 May 1998, both in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland voters were asked to approve the multi-party agreement and Irish voters were asked to approve both the multi-party agreement and some constitutional amendments to the Anglo-Irish agreement.