Pelosi Vows To Thwart US-UK Trade Deal If Brexit Risks Irish Peace
Muhammad Irfan 8 days ago Thu 15th August 2019 | 01:50 AM
Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Aug, 2019 ) :The top Democrat in the US Congress warned Wednesday that lawmakers would block a trade pact with Britain if its exit from the EU undermines Northern Ireland's peace accord.
But any such agreement would need the green light from Congress, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- Trump's political nemesis on Capitol Hill -- made clear she would not play ball if the Irish peace deal were put at risk.
"If Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be no chance of a US-UK trade agreement passing the Congress." The 1998 Good Friday Agreement brought the decades-old Northern Ireland conflict to an end. But how to handle Northern Ireland has emerged as a core issue for Brexit negotiators.
Critics have warned that Brexit might require reimposing a hard border on the island, a move that would essentially upend the agreement that has kept peace in Northern Ireland for the past two decades.
Goods and people freely cross the border, as both countries are currently members of the EU, and the withdrawal agreement negotiated last year between London and Brussels contains a "backstop" plan to maintain this situation whatever happens with Brexit.
However, British MPs have rejected it three times and Johnson warns the backstop must go or Britain will leave the EU on October 31 without any deal.
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.
After his first phone call with the new British leader late last month, Trump said talks on a "very substantial" post-Brexit trade deal were already underway.
House Democrat Brendan Boyle called Bolton's trade talk "nonsensical" and said the comments should not be taken seriously. Boyle added on Twitter that he "strongly" supports Pelosi's position.