Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the United States trusts the United Kingdom to “do well” in relation to Brexit, even when a new controversy reaches the process that lasts for years and, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has warned she could torpedo a US. UK Trade Agreement.
“Look, yes, we trust the UK,” Pompeo said, alongside UK Foreign Minister Dominic Raab. “I’m sure they’ll get it right.”
BREXIT DRAMA IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AS BORIS JOHNSON PUSHES BILL TO CANCEL EXIT OFFERING TO EU
The UK formally left the EU in January and began a transition period, while the UK and EU are trying to remove a trade deal. But those negotiations have stalled and the government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week introduced the Internal Market Bill, which would allow ministers to rewrite parts of the Withdrawal Agreement that apply to Northern Ireland.
The agreement included a Northern Ireland protocol that sought to avoid a hard land border between Northern Ireland (part of the UK) and Ireland (EU member). The agreement meant there would be some EU regulations and controls for goods going and going in the city. the rest of the United Kingdom from Northern Ireland. The new internal market bill would allow the UK government to overwrite these rules if there were no free trade agreement.
But this has sparked fears in London, Brussels and even Washington that they could jeopardize the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. That agreement brought peace to Northern Ireland with a delicate balance that could be put in place. risk if a hard land border was erected between the two.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned last week that there would be “no chance” of a US-UK trade deal if the UK harmed the deal.
“Whatever form it takes, Brexit cannot be allowed to jeopardize the Good Friday Agreement, including the stability of the invisible, frictionless border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland,” he said. said Pelosi in a statement. “The UK must abide by the Northern Ireland Protocol signed with the EU to ensure the free flow of goods across the border.”
PELOSI WARNS “NO PROOF” OF US-UK TRADE OFFER IF BREXIT SUBMITS GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT
On Tuesday, a group of House lawmakers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee wrote to Johnson urging him to “abandon all legally questionable and unfair efforts to transmit the Northern Ireland Protocol to the House Agreement.” withdrawal and try to ensure that the Brexit negotiations do not undermine the decades of progress to bring peace to Northern Ireland and future options for the bilateral relationship between our two countries. “
But Pompeo seemed to avoid those concerns on Wednesday, though he said “we have made clear our view of the importance of the Good Friday Agreement.”
“We know the complexity of the situation. We have done our best to provide help wherever we can, “he said.” In the end, this will be a set of decisions regarding what the UK takes and they are very confident that they will get it right in a way that treats everyone fairly. and get a good result for what the people of the UK voted for a few years ago. “
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Meanwhile, Raab said he had “very positive discussions” with both the administration and members of Congress and would later meet with Pelosi. He said the threat to the Good Friday Agreement came from “the politicization of the EU by the issue.”
“Our commitment to the Good Friday Agreement and to avoid any additional infrastructure on the north-south border is absolute,” he said, before calling the UK’s action “defensive in relation to what it does the EU “.