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UK News Joe Biden opposes guarded border between Ireland and NI

02:25  25 november  2020
02:25  25 november  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Joe Biden has said he does not want to see a guarded border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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Speaking to reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, the US President-elect said he had discussed the issue with Boris Johnson and other European leaders.

"We do not want a guarded border," he said on Tuesday. "We want to make sure we work hard to get Ireland worked out.

"I've talked with the British prime minister; I've talked with the Taoiseach; I've talked with others and I've talked with the French.

"The idea of having the border north and south once again being closed, it's just not right. We've just got to keep the border open."

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Mr Biden has previously intervened in the Brexit debate on borders, warning a breach of the Good Friday Agreement would threaten the prospect of a future US-UK trade deal.

He said in September: "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."

Mr Biden is known to have a close connection to Ireland, with his roots traced back to Ballina in County Mayo.

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