The Independent`s front page on the May/June 1999 agreement was conducted by the Commission in a public opinion poll aimed at understanding the public position on police work in Northern Ireland. The Commission has also visited various locations, including a number of police services in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Spain and the United States. On 9 September 1999, the Independent Police Commission of Northern Ireland presented its report and made recommendations on human rights issues, accountability, police work with the community, police structure, size of police service, composition of the police service and other issues. The Commission made 175 recommendations.1 Trade union political reactions to the report and its recommendations have not been positive.2″Police Labour Commission for Northern Ireland,” BBC News, seen on 29 January 2013, www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/agreement/policing/commissi… 4. All decisions are taken by mutual agreement between the two governments. Governments will make determined efforts to resolve disputes between them. There will be no exception to the sovereignty of either government. The agreement brought together republicans and unionists after decades of political conflict in Northern Ireland Although the agreement recognises Northern Ireland`s constitutional status as part of the United Kingdom, it leaves open the possibility of a future united Ireland if majorities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland so wish – a decision that the agreement says would be adopted by referendum and which the British and Irish governments should respect. In January 2017, Martin McGuinness resigned from his post in protest at a political scandal over the new first minister, Arlene Foster, which broke the executive. He also referred to long-term issues where the DUP is not meeting the basic equality commitments set out in its agreements. The release of the prisoners continued in 1999.
During the Christmas and New Year period, 131 inmates were granted extended home leave. On 16 December, 308 prisoners were released.1 With the release of high-level prisoners, public support for the release of prisoners has declined, according to an opinion poll by the Belfast Telegraph.2 “The Good Friday Agreement – Prisoners”, BBC News, www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/agreement/policing/prisoner… With the Irish and British governments committed to reintegrating paramilitary prisoners into society by creating jobs, promoting retraining and training, the European Union created a support infrastructure in 1998 from the grant of the European Union`s Peace and Reconciliation Fund. It has been reported that the Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust, based in Belfast, manages the fund. In addition, more than 26 community projects of ex-convicts have been implemented across Northern Ireland, with regard to education, placement, financial and social counselling, housing and family accommodation in Ireland.1″The Good Friday Agreement – Prisoners,” BBC News, www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/agreement/policing/prisoner… To promote minority languages, the government has set up the Center Community Relations Unit to implement a policy of language use for Irish, Ulster and languages from other communities. In December 1999, the Northern Language Implementation Body came into force to impose the government`s commitment to promote linguistic diversity in accordance with the agreement.1″The Good Friday Agreement: Culture,” BBC News, seen on 7 February 2013, www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/agreement/culture/irish2.sh… Although Prime Minister Johnson and Irish leaders have promised to protect the Good Friday agreement, some Brexit supporters have seized the opportunity to criticise the agreement`s power-sharing institutions, arguing that the pact was obsolete.