UK News Joe Biden rebuke was call for UK to do the ‘sensible thing’, Irish premier says
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President Joe Biden will hold his first face-to-face meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson next week when the two leaders sit down ahead of the G7 meeting. Schedule for President Biden's Europe Trip President Joe Biden makes a seven-day trip to Europe next week. Here's the itinerary thus far: June 10: Meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris JohnsonJune 11-13: Attending G7 Summit in CornwallJune 13: He and Dr. Jill Biden meet with The Queen at Windsor Castle June 14: NATO Summit in BrusselsJune 15: U.S.
US president Joe Biden’s rebuke of the UK over Brexit talks was a call to do the “sensible thing” and resolve trade issues with the EU, the Irish premier has said.
Micheal Martin said Mr Biden has made clear that alignment on standards between the UK and the EU would not negatively impact on a prospective trade deal with the US.
The Taoiseach described as “significant” a planned intervention by Mr Biden, warning Boris Johnson not to let the row over Northern Ireland’s Brexit arrangements put the Good Friday Agreement at risk when the pair meet on Thursday.
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Mr Martin said: “I think it’s significant in the context of the messaging, and the clear message from President Biden and his administration that the sensible thing to do here is to have alignment between the United Kingdom and the European Union and the United States.
“We all share common values of democracies, that’s the clear message I get from President Biden.
“Therefore I think he’s saying to the United Kingdom, look, let’s do the sensible thing here.
“Let’s work out a constructive sustained agreement with the European Union, in respect of Brexit, in respect of the withdrawal agreement and the protocol.”
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Mr Martin said an SPS agreement on animal and plant checks could do away with the need for 80% of checks in the Irish Sea, and would not hamper the UK’s ability to strike other trade deals.
He told reporters on Thursday: “I think what was really significant about President Biden’s message, he is saying that if you do an SPS agreement, it will not negatively impact on doing a trade deal with the United States.
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“That’s important for the UK.
“I think they would have been genuinely worried about that prospect, that if they had to do to an SPS agreement with Europe, it might potentially impair their capacity to do trade agreements with other countries.
“The USA is saying: ‘No, that’s not the case, you can do an SPS agreement and it will not negatively impact a trade deal with the US’.”
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Mr Biden’s close interest in issues affecting Ireland will mean that the dispute over the protocol will feature heavily in discussions with the UK and European Union over the coming days at the G7 conference in Cornwall.
The Times reported that the president, who is intensely proud of his Irish roots, took the extraordinary step of ordering the United States’ most senior diplomat in London, Yael Lempert, to deliver a demarche, a formal protest, in a meeting with Brexit minister Lord Frost on June 3.
Asked if the political pressure applied by Mr Biden would help the situation, Mr Martin replied: “I think the United Kingdom Government respects the US administration.
“I think it’d be a good meeting and I think it will be a constructive meeting.”
The US charge d’affaires indicated that if Mr Johnson accepted demands to follow EU rules on agricultural standards, Mr Biden would ensure that it would not “negatively affect the chances of reaching a US/UK free trade deal”.
Downing Street did not deny the encounter took place.
A No 10 spokesman said: “I don’t think you would expect me to get into discussions with other countries.”
The spokesman added that the Government would continue to seek to work “consensually” with the EU to resolve the impasse.
Talks between Brexit minister Lord Frost and the European Commission’s Maros Sefcovic on Wednesday failed to make a breakthrough on the protocol.
The EU has threatened to launch a trade war against Britain if it fails to implement checks on goods entering Northern Ireland under the terms of the Brexit “divorce” settlement which Mr Johnson signed.
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