Biden warns UK against breaking Brexit deal

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IANS

Washington

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has warned the UK against breaking the Brexit deal, saying he will not allow peace in Northern Ireland to become a “casualty” if he is elected in November, the media reported.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Biden said: “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 US and UK must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period.”

The Good Friday Agreement refers to a pair of deals signed on April 1998 that ended most of the violence of the Troubles, a political conflict in Northern Ireland that had been ongoing since the 1960s. It served as a major development in the Northern Ireland peace process of the 1990s. 

His tweet comes as visiting UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been trying to reassure US politicians about the latest Brexit developments, the
BBC reported.

While Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he trusted the UK to “get this right”, House Speaker

Nancy Pelosi said there was “no chance” of a UK-US trade deal getting through Congress if Britain violated international agreements.

Brexit is high on the agenda at Raab’s Washington meetings, after the controversial Internal

Market Bill, which would give the UK government the power to override part of the Brexit withdrawal deal, cleared its first Parliamentary hurdle
earlier this week.