World Joe Biden has been told to stop 'lecturing' the UK after he warned Boris Johnson not to break his Brexit deal with the EU
Joe Biden reminds Boris Johnson the world is watching Brexit -- and some are not impressed
Joe Biden has provided UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson with the latest reminder that the world is watching how his government is handling Brexit. © AFP/WPA Pool/Getty Images The Democratic Presidential candidate tweeted on Wednesday: "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 U.S. and U.K. must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period.
- Joe Biden has triggered a furious row in the UK after threatening to veto a transatlantic trade deal if Boris Johnson breaks his Brexit deal with the EU.
- Johnson has vowed to disapply the deal he signed with the EU with regard to trade and border provisions with Northern Ireland, and vowed to break international law in order to do so.
- Senior congressmen and women including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have warned Johnson that there will be no free trade deal with the US if he goes ahead with this plan.
- On Wednesday Biden fired a warning shot, tweeting that any trade deal was "contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period."
- Supporters of Johnson branded Biden a "Boris hater" and ordered him not to "lecture" the prime minister.
Joe Biden has enraged supporters of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson after threatening to veto a transatlantic trade deal if the UK goes ahead with its plan to break its Brexit agreement with the EU.
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If the U.S. is heading toward a new administration, Conservatives haven’t exactly started on the right foot. In introducing a bill that overrides parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol — specifically, the bit of the U.K.-EU Withdrawal Agreement that is designed to preserve the achievements of the 1998 Belfast Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland — Johnson sure got Biden’s attention.“Any trade deal between the U.S. and U.K. must be contingent upon respect for the [Good Friday] Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period,” Biden tweeted Wednesday.
Johnson caused an international row this week after his government admitted itby overwriting its deal with the EU in relation to Northern Ireland.
The move led to a backlash from the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a group of senior congressmen, who all warned that any attempt to break the Brexit deal would wreck any hopes of a UK-US trade deal
The US Democratic presidential candidate,saying "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 U.S. and U.K. must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period."
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Mick Mulvaney expressed concern that Johnson's plan for Northern Ireland might inadvertently bring back a physical border with the Republic.Johnson's plan to disapply parts of the Northern Ireland protocol agreed with the European Union caused upset in the bloc, has prompted concern among senior members of the US Congress.
Biden's intervention was welcomed by Johnson's domestic opponents, with Lisa Nandy, the opposition Labour Party's shadow foreign secretary,showed "the scale of the damage the Government have done to Britain's standing in the world."
However, his comments sparked a furious reaction from Conservative party supporters of Johnson.
Former-UK trade minister Conor Burnsthe Democratic candidate of not understanding the Good Friday agreement while another former UK Cabinet minister told Politico Playbook that Biden was a "Brexit and Boris hater" who "doesn't understand" the Northern Ireland issue.
Former Conservative party leader Iain Duncan Smith went further, telling Biden to stop "lecturing" the UK.
"We don't need lectures on the Northern Ireland peace deal from Mr Biden. If I were him I would worry more about the need for a peace deal in the USA to stop the killing and rioting before lecturing other sovereign nations," Duncan Smith told the
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A spokesman for Johnson suggested on Thursday that Biden had misunderstood the government's plans.
"We continue to remain absolutely committed to no hard border and no border infrastructure between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and we will continue to engage with our US partners on a bipartisan basis to ensure our position is understood," the spokesman said.
Biden's intervention came despite a visit by UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to Washington this week which was designed to reassure congressmen and women that Johnson's plan would not undermine the Good Friday Agreement and peace on the island of Ireland.
However, Raab's attempts to calm fears across the Atlantic appeared to fail, with Biden publicly warning Johnson's UK government that it risked jeopardizing any prospect of a post-Brexit free trade agreement with the US.
Following, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reiterated her own warning that there will be no UK-US free trade deal if Johnson's government did not uphold the Northern Ireland protocol agreed with the EU last year.
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She said she told Raab that "if the UK violates its international agreements and Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be absolutely no chance of a US UK trade agreement passing Congress."Johnson's plan to disapply parts of the Northern Ireland protocol infuriated Brussels, with the EU threatening to take legal action against the UK unless it changed course. It also caused consternation in Westminster, with Johnson on Wednesday agreeing to give Parliament a vote on the move amid a rebellion from dozens of his own Conservative MPs.
However, the interventions of several senior US politicians this week suggests that the move risks not only damaging the prospect of a UK trade deal with the EU but also an agreement with the US.
four senior congressman — Foreign Affairs Committee chair Eliot Engel, Ways and Means Committee chair Richard Neal, subcommittee on European affairs chair William Keating, and Republican congressman Peter King — wrote to Johnson saying there were "disturbed" by the move and said "we therefore urge you to abandon any and all legally questionable and unfair efforts to flout the Northern Ireland protocol of the Withdrawal Agreement."
Washington has a strong interest in how Brexit will affect Northern Ireland after the US played a key role in brokering peace in the province. There is fear that failure to uphold the Northern Ireland protocol, which was designed to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, would lead to the return of physical border infrastructure between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Speaking alongside Pompeo in a press conference, Raab risked further inflaming tensions with Brussels, claiming that any threat to the Good Friday Agreement had "come from the EU's politicization of the issue" of Northern Ireland.
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