U.S. House Speaker Pelosi cautions Britain over Northern Irish peace deal By Reuters
LONDON, (Reuters) – The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi advised Britain that if the Northern Irish agreement is destroyed there will be no post-Brexit trade deals with the United States.
America is concerned that any row over implementation of 2020 Brexit could lead to the disintegration of the Good Friday agreement, which ended decades of violence.
“If there is destruction of the Good Friday accords, they () very unlikely to have a UK-U.S. bilateral,” she told a Chatham House event.
Johnson unilaterally deferred the implementation of certain provisions of the agreement’s Northern Ireland Protocol after the United Kingdom left the bloc’s orbit. His top negotiator also stated that the protocol was unsustainable.
Three decades of civil war between pro-British Protestant militias and Irish Catholic nationist militants, in which over 3,600 people were killed, was ended by the 1998 peace accord.
23 years later, British-run regions remain deeply divided along sectarian boundaries.
Catholic nationalists long for unification with Ireland. Protestant unionists, however, want to keep the United Kingdom.
Northern Ireland Protocol seeks to preserve the country, which is bordered by EU member Ireland in both the United Kingdom’s customs territory as well as the EU’s single market.
To the fury and anger of Protestant unionists, the EU seeks to preserve its single market. However, a protocol-created border in the Irish Sea effectively blocks Northern Ireland’s access to the United Kingdom.
Unionists claim that the protocol violates the 1998 peace agreement.
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