Brexit: No chance of United States trade deal if Irish accord hit - Pelosi

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 16, 2019

In a statement on Wednesday, the House speaker, who commands a Democratic majority, warned that the Trump administration would not be able to sidestep congressional approval.

The Good Friday agreement, which helped end three decades of violence in Northern Ireland, dismantled all physical border infrastructure between European Union member Ireland and Northern Ireland, a province of Britain, guaranteeing that people and goods on either side can move freely.

"Let me be clear: if the Brexit deal undermines the Good Friday accords, there would be no chance of a US-UK trade agreement".

"The Good Friday Agreement serves as the bedrock of peace in Northern Ireland and as a beacon of hope for the entire world".

However, Ms Pelosi has issued a statement this evening in which she says the Good Friday Agreement should take precedent above economics.

"After centuries of conflict and bloodshed, the world has witnessed a miracle of reconciliation and progress made possible because of this transformative accord", the press release read.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a warning to the United Kingdom Wednesday amid talks of a free trade deal with the U.S. after Britain departs the European Union.

"Whatever form it takes, Brexit can not be allowed to imperil the Good Friday Agreement, including the seamless border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland", Ms Pelosi said in a statement on Wednesday.

John Bolton spoke after meeting Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London.

Senior police officers have suggested that any return to border infrastructure could embolden dissident republican elements in Northern Ireland. The fantasy trade deal that Brexiteers like Johnson and Farage have been salivating over will not happen if they continue on their path to a hard Brexit and a hard border in Ireland.

Reimposing controls along their shared border if Britain leaves without a deal - a so-called "hard Brexit" - would put the 1998 peace accord in jeopardy. She addressed the Dáil and travelled to the border region.

When asked if the USA would maintain the same eagerness if the United Kingdom is forced to take a no-deal Brexit, Bolton didn't hesitate, saying, "If that's the decision of the British government we will support it enthusiastically, and that's what I'm trying to convey".

The Republican co-chair of the Friends of Ireland group in the US Congress, Pete King, reportedly said jeopardizing the open border was a "needless provocation" over which his party would have no hesitation defying Trump.

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