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What Does The Good Friday Agreement Say About A Hard Border

In an interview with the Guardian, Police Chief George Hamilton of the Northern Ireland Police Service (PSNI) said of the border: “The last thing we want is infrastructure around the border because it has something symbolic and it becomes a target for violent dissident republicans.” At the end of September 2019, during the battle before the courts over the prorogation of Parliament, Jean-Claude Juncker noted that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, a British animal invading Northern Ireland could theoretically cross the Republic of Ireland and enter the continental EU from there if there were no border controls. [82] “This will not happen,” he said, “we must preserve the health and safety of our citizens. [82] 5 For anyone attempting to describe the Irish border as it is today, the practice of describing a European internal border is very similar. The Irish border resembles and functions like any normal intra-European border, through which goods, services, capital and population move freely.2 Unlike other European borders, however, the situation on the island of Ireland is not the only result of London and Dublin`s accession to the EEC/EU since 1973. It is above all the result of a political compromise between the two Irish communities and between the two sovereign states enshrined in the GFA. Until the 1998 peace settlement and although the two sovereign states were EEC/EU member states, the Irish border had remained very different from other European borders. It has been heavily monitored and militarized. The number of routes crossing the border was limited, which hindered the cross-border movement of people as well as cross-border trade in goods, services and capital.3 The response of the ICTU (including the NIC) to the joint report was that “the best and most logical way to avoid a hard border is for the UK as a whole to remain both in the single market and in the customs union”. Alan Beattie has dealt here with the consequences of the zero tarriff idea – “No more illusions at the Irish border” (Financial Times 27 Nov 17). Despite any “guarantee” here, a hard border, physical infrastructure, etc., the following statement in the Remarks section should not be forgotten: “Provided that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, the joint commitments set out in this Joint Report are reflected in detail in the Withdrawal Agreement. In 1922, the United Kingdom and the new Irish Free State concluded a Common Travel Area (CTA) agreement. This gave British and Irish citizens the right to travel, live and work in both jurisdictions. .

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