In the context of a 2nd Brexit referendum discussion
Peter Kyle Labour, Hove
Last week, 268 Members voted for the principle of a confirmatory ballot—the largest number of votes for any alternative Brexit proposition up to that point. The principle has effectively been used twice in the past 20 years to solve complex, divisive issues.
The first occasion was on the Belfast or Good Friday agreement. Many people, institutions and organisations were asked to give a lot to cement the deal, but they gained a lot together despite sections of Northern Irish society strongly rejecting it. The Good Friday agreement was put to a confirmatory ballot that confirmed the deal and led to a decisive end to the arduous process and a peace that has endured to this day. I do not want to risk undoing those gains, which is another reason why we need to unlock our politics. [...]
The second occasion was the alternative vote referendum in 2011. [...]
Was the word "confirmatory" used to refer to the Good Friday referendum at the time of its passing? (Not necessarily in law, but press or public debates etc.) Or is this a retrofitting of the "confirmatory" term?