The US Congress won’t assist a free commerce settlement with the UK if the Government persists with “deeply concerning” plans to “unilaterally discard” the Northern Ireland Protocol, House speaker Nancy Pelosi has mentioned.
In a strongly-worded intervention, Ms Pelosi urged the UK and the EU to proceed negotiations on the Northern Ireland Protocol to uphold peace within the area.
The congresswoman mentioned in a press release: “The Good Friday Accords are the bedrock of peace in Northern Ireland and a beacon of hope for your complete world.
“Ensuring there remains no physical border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland is absolutely necessary for upholding this landmark agreement, which has transformed Northern Ireland.”
The feedback from Ms Pelosi are a reminder of the priority over Northern Ireland on the highest ranges in Washington, amid political instability following the Assembly election.
The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is at present blocking the re-establishment of Stormont’s power-sharing establishments in protest on the protocol, which has created financial obstacles on commerce between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
“It is deeply concerning that the United Kingdom is now seeking to unilaterally discard the Northern Ireland Protocol. Negotiated agreements like the Protocol preserve the important progress and stability forged by the Good Friday Accords, which continue to enjoy strong bipartisan and bicameral support in the United States Congress,” Ms Pelosi mentioned.
“As I have stated in my conversations with the Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary and Members of the House of Commons, if the United Kingdom chooses to undermine the Good Friday Accords, the Congress cannot and will not support a bilateral free commerce settlement with the United Kingdom.
“Respectful of the need of the British individuals and of Brexit, I urge constructive, collaborative and good-faith negotiations to implement an settlement that upholds peace.
“The children of Northern Ireland, who have never known the bloody conflict and do not want to go back, deserve a future free of the violence where all may reach their fulfillment.”
Ms Pelosi’s feedback echoed a warning she made in individual to Boris Johnson in Downing Street final 12 months when she informed him to not jeopardise the Good Friday Agreement.