As part of the agreement, it was proposed to rely on the existing Anglo-Irish interparliamentary body. Prior to the agreement, the body was composed only of parliamentarians from the British and Irish parliaments. In 2001, as proposed in the agreement, it was extended to include parliamentarians from all members of the Anglo-Irish Council. The Irish government`s position was to reduce public mention of border controls in order to avoid clashes with opposition parties in Dáil and to calm nationalist and unionist concerns in Northern Ireland. Repeated statements have been made by senior politicians within the government, who have denied that plans are being made for a hard border.  Opposition parties have expressed concerns that the government is not talking openly about the risk of a hard border and planning for it.  A private warning from Tánaiste Simon Coveney to Transport Minister Shane Ross following a press conference was recorded on the live microphones. On border controls, Mr Coveney said: „We cannot go where they are at this stage. They could be in the sea.
You could. But as soon as you start talking about border control, people will start dealing with it, and all of a sudden we will be the government that has re-established a hard border on the island of Ireland. „ A number of bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements have made controls less intrusive. The completion of the European internal market in 1992 meant a gradual graduation of controls on goods. The Belfast-Good Friday Agreement does not exclude Northern Ireland or Ireland from the establishment of cross-border checkpoints and other security measures. However, one of the explicit objectives of the UK Withdrawal Agreement is to minimise physical border controls. . . .