In a radio interview on 7 September (Nolan Show, BBC Radio Ulster, at 39:15), Jim Allister told MLA: „The Belfast agreement had nothing to say about the fact that you could not have border barriers in Northern Ireland, Ireland at all.“ FactCheckNI has published an article explaining the historical experience of the customs and security border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Irish government has reduced the public reference to border controls in order to avoid confrontation with opposition parties in the city and to allay nationalist and unionist concerns in Northern Ireland. Repeated statements by senior politicians in the government challenge the hard border plans.  Opposition parties have expressed concern that the government is not talking openly about the risk and planning of a hard border.  A private recall of Transport Minister Shane Ross, Demenaiste Simon Coveney, following a press conference, was captured on live microphones. With regard to border controls, Coveney said: „We cannot get to where they will be at this stage. Maybe they`re in the sea. You could… but as soon as you start talking about controls somewhere near the border, people will start dealing with them, and all of a sudden we will be the government that has reintroduced a physical border on the island of Ireland.  ERG MP Jacob Rees-Mogg also proposed the idea of unilateral free trade and an open border with Ireland as a solution.
The proposed withdrawal agreement would end the special regime for Northern Ireland if a solution could be found that would provide a border as pictured as the one that became the Good Friday agreement until Brexit. Such a solution has yet to be identified from June 2019. Partial solutions were proposed but were not considered sufficient. After the UK`s total withdrawal from the EU, the CFP will no longer apply to its waters; The United Kingdom will have exclusive control under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of persons authorized to fish its waters.  Many British fishermen supported Brexit in order to get out of the CFP and what it considered to be an extreme preference, from fishermen from other countries who, in many cases, depend on the rich fisheries around the British Isles for species highly sought after in their markets, but despised by most British consumers. They want the British government to fully exercise this power, by limiting or locking all EU ships out of their waters until an agreement is in its favour.  After Brexit, the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland became an external border of the EU.  In theory, a „hard“ border could return, both with fewer and monitored border crossing points, to support the necessary customs infrastructure.  Both the EU and UK negotiating teams have made it clear that this result will not be acceptable in any final withdrawal agreement.  There is an article on the Joint Phase 1 Report in which TUAEU describes their solution to the hard border and to the GFA – Ireland must leave the EU.