Democratic Presidential frontrunner Joe Biden has angered Tory MPs after telling them they ‘better respect the Good Friday agreement’ or face the consequences.
Conservative MPs accused Biden of ‘ignorance of the Northern Ireland peace process.’
The outburst came via a Tweet Biden sent on Wednesday: “We can’t allow the Good Friday agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit.
“Any trade deal between the US and UK must be contingent upon respect for the agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period.”
We can’t allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit.
Any trade deal between the U.S. and U.K. must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period. https://t.co/Ecu9jPrcHL
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 16, 2020
US Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there was “no chance” of a UK-US trade deal getting through the US Congress if the UK violated international agreements, undermining the Good Friday Agreement even after Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab flew to Washington to reassure US politicians about the latest Brexit developments.
Mr Raab said “the threat to the Good Friday Agreement comes from the EU’s politicisation of the issue”.
And asked earlier about the US politicians intervention, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I think when they understand what we are trying to do they will share our ambition and concern which is to protect the peace process.”
Former Democrat congressman Bruce Morrison, who co-chairs a committee of American politicians dedicated to protecting the Good Friday Agreement, accused the UK of reneging on its withdrawal agreement with the EU.
He told BBC Radio Ulster: “That deal recognised the importance of the open border on the island of Ireland, and now some of that agreement is being taken back or sought to be taken back by unilateral action by the UK.
“Anything that says ‘well we made a deal once, but it’s inconvenient now and we’re going to recede from that agreement when Northern Ireland is at stake’ – we think that’s a threat,” he added.
The United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union at the end of December 2020.
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