In addition to the number of signatories[note 1], Stefan Wolff identifies the following similarities and differences between the themes discussed in the two agreements: As negotiations on a free trade agreement between the EU and the UK have stalled, Britain has threatened to terminate parts of last year`s withdrawal agreement. A new bill, introduced by the government, would rewrite parts of the agreement, although officials said the effect would be “limited.” “What we cannot have – and this goes against the Northern Irish protocol and a risk to the Good Friday agreement – is the EU`s attempt to establish a regulatory border between Northern Ireland and Great Britain in the Irish Sea.” Northern Ireland is concerned about the UK`s continued Northern Ireland Protocol, which guarantees the free movement of goods across the border. The UK government is pushing a new domestic market law that will allow ministers to end their agreement with the EU by unilaterally renouncing customs documents for goods travelling from Northern Ireland to the continental UK and tariffs on exports going the other way. The British government is virtually out of the game and neither parliament nor the British people have, as part of this agreement, the legal right to obstruct the achievement of Irish unity if it had the consent of the people of the North and The South… Our nation is and will remain a nation of 32 circles. Antrim and Down are and will remain a part of Ireland, just like any southern county.  These institutional provisions, established in these three areas of action, are described as “interdependent and interdependent” in the agreement. In particular, it is found that the functioning of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the North-South Council of Ministers is “so closely linked that the success of individual countries depends on that of the other” and that participation in the North-South Council of Ministers “is one of the essential tasks assigned to the relevant bodies in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland]. He contrasts with the position of President Trump and many Republicans who have argued over the possibility of a deal between the United States and Britain: “If the United Kingdom violates this international treaty and Brexit undermines the Good Friday agreement, there will be absolutely no chance of getting an American deal. from one point to the other Trade agreements that arrive in Congress,” she said. The Good Friday Agreement is appreciated by the American people and will be proudly defended in the United States Congress. In a joint statement, four senior congressional officials warned that the UK`s plans could have “disastrous consequences for the Good Friday Agreement and the broader process of peacekeeping on the island of Ireland.” They added: “Many in Congress and the United States see the issue of the Good Friday Agreement and a possible free trade agreement between the United States and Britain as inextricably linked.” Northern Ireland political parties that approved the agreement were also invited to consider the creation of an independent advisory forum, which would represent civil society, with members with expertise on social, cultural, economic and other issues, and would be appointed by both administrations. In 2002, a framework structure was agreed for the North-South Advisory Forum, and in 2006 the Northern Ireland Executive agreed to support its implementation. In 2004, negotiations were held between the two governments, the DUP, and Sinn Féin, for an agreement to restore the institutions. The talks failed, but a document published by governments detailing the changes to the Belfast agreement was known as the “comprehensive agreement.” However, on 26 September 2005, it was announced that the Provisional Republican Army of Ireland had completely closed its arsenal of weapons and had “taken it out of service”.
Nevertheless, many trade unionists, especially the DUP, remained skeptical. Among the loyalist paramilitaries, only the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) had decommissioned all weapons.  Further negotiations took place in October 2006 and resulted in the St Andrews Agreement.