UK foreign secretary blames EU for threat to Irish border

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab | Niklas Halle'n | AFP via Getty Images

UK foreign secretary blames EU for threat to Irish border

Dominic Raab seeks to win back US support during trip to Washington.


9/16/20, 9:13 PM CET

Updated 9/16/20, 9:16 PM CET

Any threat to peace in Ireland as a result of Brexit is due to the EU’s “politicization of the issue,” U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Wednesday during a visit to Washington.

After the U.K. government attracted huge criticism for its decision to rewrite elements of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, Raab sought to use the visit to the U.S. capital to build transatlantic support for the controversial Internal Market Bill — and also turned up the rhetoric against the EU.

Speaking at a press conference alongside U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Raab told reporters he had “positive conversations not just with [Pompeo] and the administration but also with congressmen and women from both sides of the political aisle” on the bill and its implications for the Good Friday Agreement.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to be clear that the threat to the Good Friday Agreement … has come from the EU’s politicization of the issue,” Raab told reporters, adding: “Our commitment to the Good Friday Agreement and to avoid any extra infrastructure at the border between the north and the south is absolute.”

Top U.S. Democrat Nancy Pelosi last week warned there was “absolutely no chance” of a U.K.-U.S. trade deal if the move causes Brexit to undermine the Good Friday Agreement maintaining peace in Ireland.

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