For those who want to do more research, they will find that the Belfast agreement was not an obstacle to the introduction of a hard border in Ireland, imposed by police and troops during a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in 2001, or through regular immigration operations. Nor did it prevent the Irish from introducing a maritime border. Northern Ireland fishermen`s long-standing access to Irish coastal waters has come to an end and the Irish government has refused to introduce the necessary legislation over the past two years. Irish fishing vessels continue to access northern Ireland`s coastal waters in a wide range of typical widess. The cross-border part of the agreement includes 12 areas of cooperation controlled by the North-South Council of Ministers (NSMC). The most important document to date on Brexit, the hard border and the Good Friday agreement is the UK-EU Phase 1 report (8 December 17). In this regard, the UK Government continues to commit to “avoiding a hard border, including any physical infrastructure or any related controls and controls,” and would maintain in the “absence of agreed solutions” “full alignment with the internal market and customs union which, now or in the future, support North-South cooperation, the entire island economy and the protection of the 1998 agreement.” In addition, border elections in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are expected to take place at different times, which is potentially contrary to the Good Friday agreement. ERG MP Jacob Rees-Mogg also proposed the idea of unilateral free trade and an open border with Ireland as a solution. The House of Lords COMMITTEE of the EU wrote a letter (27 February 18) to “Karen Bradley MP, Minister of Northern Ireland, to express his concerns about ambiguity about how the government will resolve tensions between its attempts to leave the customs union, avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and fail to guarantee new regulatory barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.” (Added 28 Feb 18). Policy Exchange describes itself as the “uk`s leading Destanks think tank.” She has published a series of articles on the Irish border issue, written by former Irish Ambassador Ray Bassett (Senior Fellow on EU Affairs) and Graham Gudgin (Chief Economic Adviser). I just linked some of his articles. For more information, click on the name links. Northern Ireland Commission “The land border between Northern Ireland and Ireland Survey – publications” including Michel Barnier`s interview of 22 January 18 (31 Jan 18) (Added 7 Feb 18).
Meanwhile, the document published by the European Parliament`s AFCO Committee on Brexit (`Brexit) and the Good Friday Agreement` (published by the AFCO Committee in the European Parliament) discusses the issue of cross-border movement of goods and people with the aim of: Reducing the need for physical border controls: “If the Irish border is not intended to block the movement of people and goods , then the issue becomes an effective follow-up of this freedom of movement in order to allow the application of border controls.” During the riots, there were fortified army barracks, police posts and watchtowers along the border. They have often been attacked by Republican paramilitaries. The agreement contains the commitment of the British and Irish governments to develop “close cooperation between their countries as friendly neighbours and partners in the European Union” – of course, in 1998, there was no idea that the UK would vote for an EU exit 18 years later. A week after the Brexit referendum, Northern Ireland`s First Minister Arlene Foster of the DUP and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness published a letter in which they said the border should not become a catalyst for illegal activities, nor to encourage those who want to undermine the peace process.  A number of bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements have made goods controls less intrusive; The completion of the European internal market in 1992 led to the end of the controls