- Boris Johnson is under increasing pressure from the US to drop his Brexit plans.
- The UK government has announced that it intends to give itself power to break the agreement it signed with the European Union last year.
- Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there was “absolutely no chance” of a UK-US free trade deal if the UK Prime Minister went ahead with the plan, which has angered Brussels and MPs in London.
- Now four senior Congressmen in a letter to the Prime Minister have urged Johnson for the scheme.
- It says they were “troubled” by the plan and its risk for peace and warned that it would put the peace process in Northern Ireland at risk.
- It was signed by House Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, Richard Neal and William Keating, and Senior Republican Congressman Peter King.
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Four senior congressmen have written to warn Boris Johnson that there will not be a Brexit free trade agreement between the US and Britain if it does not abandon its plan to rewrite its Brexit deal with the EEU.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the UK Prime Minister last week that there would be “absolutely no chance” after the Brexit trade deal if he went ahead with his controversial plan.
Now Congressmen, including three Congress presidents and a prominent Republican, repeated the warning in a letter to Johnson stating that they were “upset” by their government’s decision to break international law.
On Tuesday, the Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel, the Wes and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neil, the European Affairs chair William William Keating, and the Republican Congressman Peter King, the subcommittee, wrote letters to Johnson urging that they post Brexit Avoid any possibility. Free Trade Deal with US.
In A letter to the Prime Minister of Britain, He said he was concerned “over recent reports that you are working on legislation or other efforts that would seek to invalidate or override the Northern Ireland Protocol of last year’s European Union-United Kingdom withdrawal agreement.”
The quartet said the US played a key role in establishing peace in Northern Ireland, and it is for these reasons that we were so disturbed by reports about your government’s efforts to weaken the Northern Ireland Protocol to the Evacuation Agreement, If this is true, the Good Friday Agreement and the extensive process to maintain peace on the island of Ireland can have disastrous consequences. ”
He echoed Pelosi’s warnings, telling Prime Minister Johnson “that many congresses in the United States consider the issue of the Good Friday Agreement and the possible US-UK free trade agreement inextricably linked” and “if it reported If the plans were to go ahead, then it would be difficult to see how these circumstances are [for Congress to approve a trade deal] Could be met. ”
He said: “We therefore call upon you to withdraw the protocol of Northern Ireland to abandon any and all legally questionable and unreasonable efforts and to make sure that Brexit negotiations bring peace to Northern Ireland” To reduce decades of progress and future options for bilateral relations between our two countries. ”
In an interview last week, Congressman Neil said Johnson’s plan was to rewrite elements of the Northern Ireland Protocol “that is a good faith … which we all entered into negotiations with, which Good Friday Brought about this remarkable feat called Accord. ”
Johnson’s UK government has created bottlenecks in the UK, Brussels and Washington since January next year, revealing an explosive plan to unilaterally determine elements of Northern Ireland’s trade with Great Britain.
Details of the Northern Ireland Protocol, agreed to as part of last year’s Brexit withdrawal negotiations, will work in practice being negotiated by UK and EU officials. Britain’s Northern Ireland Foreign Minister Brandon Lewis admitted last week that Britain’s plan to unilaterally implement its readings of the protocol would break international law.
The move was publicly criticized by many members of Johnson’s Conservative Party parliament, including Britain’s former Prime Minister Theresa May, and dozens are expected to vote against it next week if it does not change course. Jonathan Jones stepped down as head of the UK government’s legal department last week in protest of the plan.
The Northern Ireland Protocol to the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement states that the province will continue to abide by European Union trade regulations to avoid a controversial harsh border with the Republic of Ireland.
However, Johnson’s UK government intends to use two pieces of legislation – the International Markets Bill and the Finance Bill – for effectively missing parts of the Northern Markets Protocol. The European Union reacted fiercely last week, warning Britain that it would consider legal action if the plan does not materialize by the end of the month.
Downing Street is in talks with Conservative Members of the UK Parliament this week about a possible agreement to prevent a backbench rebellion when the House of Commons votes on legislation next week.
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