‘British Rights for British Citizens’: The Campaign for ‘Equal Citizenship’ for Northern Ireland

  title={‘British Rights for British Citizens’: The Campaign for ‘Equal Citizenship’ for Northern Ireland},
  author={Colin Coulter},
  journal={Contemporary British History},
  pages={486 - 507}
  • C. Coulter
  • Published 9 February 2015
  • Political Science, History
  • Contemporary British History
This essay traces the evolution of the demand that the principal British political parties should extend organisation to Northern Ireland. Although originally nurtured by a small Stalinist sect of the far left, the ideal of electoral integration or ‘equal citizenship’ would in time come to exercise considerable appeal among middle-class unionists disorientated by the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement. This unlikely political alliance would give rise to a vibrant pressure group—the Campaign for Equal… 
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