The nationalist community was generally expected to approve the agreement. In the run-up to the vote, union views seemed to be divided between those who supported the agreement, those who opposed the principle of the agreement and those who welcomed an agreement, but who were still very concerned about issues such as the release of prisoners and the role of paramilitaries and related parties (particularly Sinn Féin). Supporters of the agreement feared that there would be no majority (or small majority) of the Unionist community in favour of the agreement and that it would damage its credibility. Direct domination of London ended in Northern Ireland when power was formally transferred to the new Northern Ireland Assembly, the North-South Council and the Anglo-Irish Council when the opening decisions of the Anglo-Irish Agreement came into force on 2 December 1999.    Article 4, paragraph 2 of the Anglo-Irish Agreement (the agreement between the British and Irish governments on the implementation of the Belfast Agreement) required both governments to inquire in writing about compliance with the terms of entry into force of the Anglo-Irish Agreement; The latter is expected to come into effect as soon as both notifications are received.  The British government has agreed to participate in a televised ceremony at Iveagh House in Dublin, the Irish Foreign Office. Peter Mandelson, Minister of Northern Ireland, participated in his participation in early December 2, 1999. He exchanged notifications with David Andrews, the Irish Foreign Secretary. Shortly after the ceremony, at 10:30 a.m., the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, signed the declaration of formal amendment of Articles 2 and 3 of the Irish Constitution. He then informed the D`il that the Anglo-Irish agreement had entered into force (including some endorsements to the Belfast Agreement).
 The agreement consists of two related documents, both agreed on Good Friday, 10 April 1998 in Belfast: the transparency of the decommissioning law dominated the peace process throughout 2004. The Unionists stated, however, that they would only accept effective decommissioning as a way forward in the peace process.1 The IRA stated, however, that it was impossible to visually prove the decommissioning, as it was a humiliating requirement.2 It is also important to keep in mind, given the transitional provisions of the agreement, that the elections were held for the Assembly in July 1998. , well before the Northern Ireland Act was passed.