As co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, as a jurisdiction shared by the Island of Ireland and as an EU member state, Ireland will play its part in the operation of the withdrawal agreement for citizens of Ireland, The North and South, the United Kingdom and the EU. “Today`s agreement provides a platform for closer immigration cooperation, including common measures to protect the CTA from abuse by preventing potential offenders from travelling to Ireland and the United Kingdom. The CTA has been recognised throughout the negotiations between the EU and the UK and the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland (which is an integral part of the withdrawal agreement) agrees that Ireland and the United Kingdom “can continue to conclude agreements on the free movement of persons between their territories. Minister Green said: “This agreement will help us quickly reject people with poor immigration data, identify asylum seekers and speed up the deportation process in cases where people have entered the common travel area.” The benefits that the CTA brings to travellers and the economy of our countries are well established, but they should not be used by those who are not allowed to be here. THE Common Travel Area (ATC) includes Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The CTA was born in the 1920s and is based on the principle of the free movement of nationals of the United Kingdom and Ireland. A partnership approach was essential for the re-establishment of the executive and the power-sharing assembly in Northern Ireland last month. This type of cooperation, which is at the heart of the Good Friday agreement, has gradually developed over the decades and has been supported by our common membership of the EU. However, even if the UK leaves the EU, the protection of the Good Friday Agreement remains a common priority for our two governments, as the withdrawal agreement recognises. (1) This agreement replaces the agreement between the British and Irish governments reached at Hillsborough on 15 November 1985 and which no longer has any effect with the agreement that enters into force. The Common Travel Area (CTA) is a long-standing agreement between the United Kingdom, the Crown Dependencies (Bailiwick of Jersey, Bailiwick of Guernsey and the Isle of Man) and Ireland, which precedes and does not depend on British and Irish membership of the EU. This document contains the following information: Agreement between the United Kingdom and Ireland: Dublin, 22 March 2007. The EU and the UK have agreed on continued funding for the PEACE programme.
The Northern Ireland Protocol, negotiated by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last October, is part of the withdrawal agreement (which some have called a “divorce agreement”) in which the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a referendum on 23 June 2016 (and no longer became a member on 31 January 2020).