Posted: Jun 14, 2019 12:22 pm
by Thommo
tuco wrote:That is what I asked few pages ago. In my feeble understanding, and correct me if I am wrong, the Good Friday Agreement obliges the UK to avoid a hard border. It is also the EU stance that the onus to ensure this is on the UK. So I would guess the UK has a solution beyond the one in WA, which the UK does not want to accept. Can we see it?

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https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/b ... -ni_en.pdf


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-46988529
What does the Good Friday Agreement say about a hard border?

A lot less than you might think. The only place in which it alludes to infrastructure at the border is in the section on security.

During the Troubles there were heavily fortified army barracks, police stations and watchtowers along the border. They were frequently attacked by Republican paramilitaries.

Part of the peace deal involved the UK government agreeing to a process of removing those installations in what became known as "demilitarisation".

The agreement states that "the development of a peaceful environment... can and should mean a normalisation of security arrangements and practices."

The government committed to "as early a return as possible to normal security arrangements in Northern Ireland, consistent with the level of threat".

That included "the removal of security installations". That is as far as the text goes.

(Worth reading the whole article, other parts are relevant too)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.u ... df#page=13
The Belfast (‘Good Friday’) Agreement included a specific commitment to “the removal of security installations”.25 All military security installations and other infrastructure were removed following the Agreement and the border today is invisible and seamless across its 310 mile/500 km length. As the Irish Government has said, “the disappearance of physical border crossings and checkpoints is both a symbol of, and a dividend from, the success of the peace process”.26


You can read the relevant GFA section here:
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.u ... eement.pdf
SECURITY
1. The participants note that the development of a peaceful environment on the basis of this agreement can and should mean a normalisation of security arrangements and practices.
2. The British Government will make progress towards the objective of as early a return as possible to normal security arrangements in Northern Ireland, consistent with the level of threat and with a published overall strategy, dealing with:
(i) the reduction of the numbers and role of the Armed Forces deployed in Northern Ireland to levels compatible with a normal peaceful society;
(ii) the removal of security installations;
(iii) the removal of emergency powers in Northern Ireland; and
(iv) other measures appropriate to and compatible with a normal peaceful society.