Labour`s Shadow Minister for Northern Ireland, Louise Haigh, called the news of a deal “a welcome step forward, after months of criling uncertainty for Northern Ireland”. Gove and Boris Johnson presented themselves as supporters of the Good Friday Agreement and of peace and stability in Northern Ireland at large. SDLP boss Colum Eastwood reacted with a combination of anger and mockery in the House of Commons, recalling Michael Gove`s earlier hostility to the Good Friday Agreement: “. The Chancellor of the Duchy, where he comes from, also said a few years ago that the Good Friday Agreement was a “moral flaw” and a “humiliation”. It gives us a bit of self-confidence. The United Kingdom joined the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973.  The Single European Act entered into force in 1987, an amendment to the Treaty aimed at strengthening European integration and creating an internal market.  This single market, known as the European Single Market, was created in 1993 the same year as the transformation of the EEC and related organisations in the European Union (EU).  “Agreement in principle was reached, inter alia, in the following areas: border inspection posts and entry points specifically for animal, plant and derived product controls, export declarations, the supply of medicines, the supply of chilled meat and other foodstuffs to supermarkets and clarification on the application of State aid in accordance with the provisions of the Protocol”. If there is no agreement between the two parties, the standard position is that customs duties must be paid on all products. The government backs its controversial Internal Market Law, which contains measures that are undermining parts of the withdrawal agreement signed last year with the EU.
In Northern Ireland, First Minister Arlene Foster said that “businesses need unfettered access to the UK market, as well as guarantees that businesses in Northern Ireland will not be discriminated against”.  Foster stated that it was “important” that Northern Ireland had free access to the rest of the United House, but that it was a “matter for ministers in Whitehall and Westminster.”  Christopher Stalford, DUP member for South Belfast, told Stormont on September 14, 2020 that “there is great joy for a repentant sinner” – a biblical allusion to Johnson`s proposed change of attitude to northern Ireland protocol.  Whether a free trade agreement has been reached with the EU by then will depend heavily, but Downing Street said it sees the Single Market Act as a “vital backstop”. Article 4 of the Agreement provides that the provisions of the Treaty shall prevail over the national law of the United Kingdom. . . .