Brexit: Democrats warn Boris Johnson to risk ending US trade deal


  • Senior Democrats have warned that there will be no US trade deal with Britain if Boris Johnson does not implement the Brexit Protocol in Northern Ireland.
  • Prime Minister Johnson caused resentment at home and in Europe over plans to disappear potential parts of the agreement with Northern Ireland to cover the European Union.
  • His government believed that the scheme would break international law.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has warned Johnson that there will be “absolutely no chance” of a US-UK free trade deal if he goes ahead with his plan.
  • They were echoed by Richard Neill, chairman of the Voice and Means Committee, and Anthony Blinken, Joe Biden’s foreign policy advisor.
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Senior Democrats have warned UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson that there is “absolutely no chance” of a free trade agreement with the US if it goes ahead with a plan to rewrite its Brexit deal with the European Union .

Johnson’s government has been hampered in the UK and Brussels this week after disclosing an explosive plan to unilaterally determine elements of Northern Ireland’s trade with Great Britain from next year.

Details of how the Northern Ireland Protocol will work are currently being negotiated by UK and EU officials and Breton Lewis, Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Bretton Lewis, admitted on Tuesday that the UK would have its own business for trade in the Irish Sea There are plans to implement the rules. Will break international law.

The move has been publicly criticized by many members of Parliament of Johnson’s Conservative Party, including former British Prime Minister Theresa May. Jonathan Jones stepped down as head of the UK government’s legal department in protest of the plan. Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, will hold emergency talks with his European counterparts after a meeting with national leaders The accused Johnson plans to break international law.

Now prominent Democrats in the US are warning Prime Minister Johnson that Congress would not approve the Brexit Free Trade Agreement with Britain if Britain did not agree to the EU protocol last year.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned the UK Prime Minister in a statement on Thursday: “If Britain violates that international treaties and Brexit undermine the Good Friday Agreement, then any chance of a US-UK trade agreement that Congress can pass Will not done.

“The Good Friday Agreement is treasured by the American people and will be proudly defended in the United States Congress.”

He was echoed by Richard Neill, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Who told the bbc: “There will be no trade agreement with Britain on a bilateral basis if they reestablish a difficult border. Speaker Pelosi and I determine that this will not happen.

“We feel very strongly that the American dimension was of great help to the Good Friday Agreement. This is a role that has been accepted by successive Prime Ministers of Britain since Tony Blair and we are at the end of the longest time as an honest Brokers were political controversies in the history of the Western world.

“So the idea that you can arbitrarily determine that you can re-establish the limit after repeatedly assuring that it won’t happen is a violation, I think we all have made this good achievement “The Friday is called the Good Friday Agreement.”

Neale expressed widespread concern that Prime Minister Johnson’s plans for potentially missing parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol would lead to the return of checks and infrastructure to the island of Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Protocol agrees with the European Union that the province will continue to abide by the bloc’s trade rules to avoid the controversial rigid border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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Vice President Joseph Biden waits on March 14, 2014, in Washington, DC, for the Prime Minister of Ireland Enda Kenny to arrive at the Naval Observatory. Vice President Biden hosted a breakfast for the Irish Prime Minister in honor of St Patrick’s Day on Sunday.

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In a sign that opposition to Johnson’s plan could soon top the White House, Anthony Blinken, foreign policy adviser to Biden’s presidential campaign, Tweeted that Biden “is committed to preserving hard-earned peace and stability in Northern Ireland. As the UK and the EU fulfill their relationship, any arrangement must protect the Good Friday Agreement and prevent the withdrawal of the hard border” needed.”

Johnson and other pro-Brexit MPs argue that a free trade agreement with the US would be the biggest reward for leaving the European Union. A deal was under negotiation earlier this year.

However, the UK Prime Minister’s controversial plans for Northern Ireland, embodied in two laws called the International Markets Bill and the Finance Bill, are set to jeopardize any potential trade deal, especially if Biden wins the presidential election in November .

Reacting to Pelosi’s remarks, a Johnson spokesman on Thursday said: “She was clearly considering the importance of the Northern Ireland peace process and if you look at the Prime Minister’s words tomorrow, she said that the U.K. His job as Prime Minister was to protect the Northern Ireland peace process and the Good Friday Agreement and that is why these steps are being taken to introduce this safety net. ”

The latest round between UK and EU negotiators on a free trade agreement is scheduled to conclude today amid growing apprehensions that Britain is moving on from a chaotic and sharp departure on 31 December. Britain’s chief negotiator David Westest will meet with him. EU counterpart Michel Barnier before making a statement on the state of the negotiations.

Prime Minister Johnson insisted last week that leaving the EU without a trade deal was a “good outcome” despite widespread warnings about customs, food shortages and expensive tariffs on a range of goods sold to the European Union. Will happen.