Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday the United States trusted the UK to ‘get it right’ on Brexit, even as new controversy rocked the multi-year process – and as the President House leader Nancy Pelosi warned he could torpedo the United States. British trade agreement.
“Listen, yes, we trust the UK,” Pompeo said, alongside UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. “I am convinced that they will succeed.”
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The UK officially left the EU in January, triggering a transition period as the UK and the EU attempt to strike a trade deal. But those negotiations have stalled and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government last week introduced the Home Market Bill – which would allow ministers to rewrite parts of the Withdrawal Agreement that apply to the North Ireland.
The deal included a Northern Ireland protocol which aimed to prevent a hard land border between Northern Ireland (part of the UK) and Ireland (a member of the EU). The agreement meant there would be EU regulations and controls for goods to and from the rest of the UK from Northern Ireland. The new Home Market Bill would allow the UK government to crush those rules if there was no free trade deal.
But it raised fears in London, Brussels and even Washington that it would jeopardize the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. This agreement brought peace to Northern Ireland with a delicate balance that could be jeopardized if a hard land border was erected between the two.
House of Commons Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned last week that there would be “no chance” of reaching a vital US-UK trade deal if the UK were to undermine the deal.
“Whatever form it takes, Brexit cannot be allowed to jeopardize the Good Friday Agreement, including the stability brought about by the invisible and frictionless border between the Republic of Ireland and the Northern Ireland, ”Pelosi said in a statement. “The UK must respect the Northern Ireland Protocol signed with the EU to ensure the free flow of goods across the border.”
PELOSI “NO CHANCE” WARNING OF A US-UK TRADE AFFAIR IF BREXIT BANS THE GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT
On Tuesday, a group of MPs from the House Foreign Affairs Committee wrote to Johnson, urging him to “drop all legally questionable and unfair efforts to flout Northern Ireland’s protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement and ensure that Brexit negotiations are not. undermine decades of progress in bringing peace to Northern Ireland and future options for bilateral relations between our two countries.
But Pompeo appeared to brush aside those concerns on Wednesday, although he said: “We have made our point clear on the importance of the Good Friday Agreement.”
“We know the complexity of the situation. We have done what we can to provide assistance where we can, ”he said. “At the end of the day that will be a set of decisions in this regard that the UK will take, and he is confident that it will get there in a way that treats everyone fairly and gets a good result for what they want. was, the people. from the UK voted several years ago.
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Raab, meanwhile, said he had had “very positive discussions” both with the administration and with members of Congress – and would later meet with Pelosi. He said the threat to the Good Friday deal came from “the politicization of the issue by the EU”.
“Our commitment to the Good Friday deal and to avoid any additional infrastructure at the north-south border is absolute,” he said, before describing the UK’s action as ” defensive about what the EU is doing ”.