Neal told the New York Times that he had received Raab`s prior assurance of the Good Friday agreement, but that he had been blind to the recent proposed changes in the Withdrawal Agreement. Earlier, Raab, who sits alongside US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, told reporters: “Our commitment to the Good Friday Agreement and the lack of additional infrastructure on the North-South border [the island of Ireland] is absolute.” The Good Friday Agreement is appreciated by the American people and will continue to be proudly defended by the U.S. Congress. In October 2019, the UK and EU negotiators agreed on a revised protocol (see below) that solved many of these problems by leaving the EU de jure, but with a de facto border between islands (Ireland and Britain). “And it`s a deal that was put to a referendum that was approved with over 70% support in Northern Ireland and over 90% in that state.” If people stopped being so pessimistic and putting half the effort into getting a trade deal between the UK and the EU, “we`d all be better off,” he told RTÉ`s Morning Ireland. Former British Prime Minister John Major has argued that Brexit could lead to a hard border, with the European Union and the UK being required to control their borders for customs purposes.  The Conservative Party`s European research group group believes that the UK could have the choice of not controlling its border if VAT is not applied or of controlling the limit to apply a possible VAT on goods imported after Brexit.   In accordance with the UK`s Implementation Plan (July 2020), three types of electronic documents are required for a control system for goods crossing Great Britain to Northern Ireland, as described in an eleven-page document.  Jeffrey Donaldson of the DUP has meanwhile said that the fixation on the Irish backstop is an obstacle to a deal that would be good for everyone. The implications also go beyond Brexit: why would anyone want to strike a trade deal or any deal if Britain is not a reliable partner? “Internationally, this could set a bad precedent for future trade deals and risk damaging the UK`s reputation,” Chris Stafford, a PhD student at the University of Nottingham`s School of Political and International Relations, said in an email.
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