As part of the agreement, the British and Irish Governments undertook to hold referendums in Northern Ireland and the Republic on 22 May 1998. The referendum in Northern Ireland is expected to approve the deal reached in the multi-party talks. The referendum in the Republic of Ireland is expected to approve the Anglo-Irish Agreement and facilitate the amendment of the Irish Constitution in accordance with the Agreement. The agreement was reached after many years of complex discussions, proposals and compromises. A lot of people have contributed a lot. Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern were then leaders of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The talks were led by US Special Envoy George Mitchell.  The cross-border part of the agreement provides for 12 areas of cooperation overseen by the North-South Council of Ministers (NSMC). It could be argued that a hard border would make it more difficult to exploit this part of the agreement. The DUP has therefore put itself in its own dilemma.
If she had played her cards differently, she could celebrate today how she negotiated to give Northern Ireland the best of both worlds – the best of the EU and the best of the UK. Instead, she is overplayed and claims imaginary violations of an agreement she tried to strangle when she was born in 1998. When the time comes, we will see what his constituents think. London`s direct rule ended in Northern Ireland when power officially left the new Northern Ireland Assembly, the North-South Council of Ministers and the Anglo-Irish Council, when the first regulations relating to the Anglo-Irish Agreement entered into force on 2 December 1999.    In accordance with Article 4(2) of the Anglo-Irish Agreement (Agreement between the British and Irish Governments for the implementation of the Belfast Agreement), the two governments must inform each other in writing of compliance with the conditions for the entry into force of the Anglo-Irish Agreement. entry into force should take place upon receipt of those two notifications.  The British government agreed to participate in a televised ceremony at Iveagh House in Dublin, the Irish Foreign Office. Peter Mandelson, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, took part very early on 2 December 1999. He spoke with David Andrews, the Irish Foreign Secretary. Shortly after the ceremony, at 10.30am, the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, signed the declaration of formal amendment to Articles 2 and 3 of the Irish Constitution. He then announced to Dáil the entry into force of the Anglo-Irish Agreement (including certain supplementary agreements to the Belfast Agreement).   But what the DUP has done, to the astonishment of many, is to accept the idea of two hard borders: a regulatory border between Britain and Northern Ireland and a customs border across Ireland.
This strange idea was a compromise for the DUP with the Johnson government, but obviously against any objective assessment of Northern Ireland`s interests, and it would have been bad for everyone. The agreement states that “the development of a peaceful environment. can and should mean standardization of security measures and practices. The agreement provides for a commitment by 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 to leave the EU 18 years later. . . .