Pelosi warns UK not to jeopardize Northern Ireland peace with Brexit – CBS17.com
LONDON (AP) – House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday warned Britain that there would be no US-UK trade deal unless the UK government resolves post-disagreements Brexit with the European Union which risk destabilizing the peace in Northern Ireland.
Britain and the EU are at odds over trade deals that have placed controls on goods from the rest of the UK into Northern Ireland. – an essential pillar of the peace process in Northern Ireland.
Britain says the new checks are onerous and wants to rewrite the deal, but the EU says it won’t renegotiate.
The United States, which played a key role in securing the 1998 Good Friday peace deal in Northern Ireland, has warned Britain against any action that could undermine the peace deal .
Pelosi, who is visiting the UK, met Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday at his residence at 10 Downing Street. Johnson’s office said the Prime Minister “highlighted the UK’s concerns about the way the (Northern Ireland) Protocol is being implemented and the impact it is having on the people of Ireland North”.
Pelosi told an audience at Chatham House’s think tank that a transatlantic trade deal was “highly unlikely” if the Good Friday Agreement was destroyed. She said “it’s not a threat, it’s a prediction.”
Pelosi welcomed the fact that Britain and the EU have agreed to continue discussing to try to resolve their differences.
“I am so happy that more time has been given to negotiations and discussion, because they have to come to an agreement,” she said.