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Pelosi: ‘Absolutely no’ US trade deal if UK breaks Brexit pact
US House speaker says Good Friday Agreement will be ‘proudly defended’ in Congress.
Updated 9/9/20, 10:56 PM CET
There’s “absolutely no chance” a U.K. trade deal will pass the U.S. Congress if London breaks its Brexit pact with the EU over the Irish border, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned Wednesday.
“The Good Friday Agreement is the bedrock of peace in Northern Ireland and an inspiration for the whole world,” Pelosi, a Democrat, said in a statement.
“The U.K. must respect the Northern Ireland Protocol as signed with the EU to ensure the free flow of goods across the border. If the U.K. violates that international treaty and Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be absolutely no chance of a U.S.-U.K. trade agreement passing the Congress.”
To emphasize her point, she added: ”The Good Friday Agreement is treasured by the American people and will be proudly defended in the United States Congress.”
Pelosi’s statement comes after the U.K. government presented a bill to row back on parts of the Withdrawal Agreement signed with the EU, thereby breaching international law.
The proposed legislation would allow the U.K. to unilaterally define which goods traveling from the island of Great Britain to Northern Ireland should be subject to tariffs. The Withdrawal Agreement, however, said that would be a decision for the Joint Committee, made up of representatives from the U.K.