British foreign secretary Dominic Raab accused the European Union of politicising the concern of the Belfast Agreement, as he informed senior political figures on Capitol Hill that there would be no go back to a hard border in Ireland.
Speaking following a meeting with secretary of state Mike Pompeo, Mr Raab stated that the risk to the Belfast Arrangement as it is reflected in the Northern Ireland procedure of the Brexit withdrawal arrangement “has originated from the EU’s politicisation of the problem”. He included that “what we can not have is the EU seeking to put up a regulatory border down the Irish Sea in between Northern Ireland and Britain”.
Mr Raab likewise reiterated that message during a conference with Home speaker Nancy Pelosi and congressman Richard Neal, the chair of the Ways and Method committee, which has the last word over United States trade deals.
The British federal government has actually introduced legislation– the UK internal market Expense– which could provide ministers the power to override parts of the Northern Ireland protocol in the Brexit withdrawal contract it has actually signed with the EU.
Speaking With The Irish Times after the meeting with Mr Raab, which took place in Ms Pelosi’s office on Capitol Hill, Mr Neal said he and Ms Pelosi had actually been ensured that there would be no go back to a difficult border in Ireland.
” The challenge is– we were assured nine months ago of this,” Mr Neal stated. “We were searching for explanation that under no situation will there be a go back to the border in Northern Ireland. We were informed that this will not take place.”
‘ Substantial achievement’
Mr Neal repeated that there would be no US-UK trade deal if the Belfast Agreement was jeopardized. He stated he had actually advised Mr Raab of the situation on the ground in Northern Ireland 30 years earlier, and that the United States saw the Belfast Contract “as a significant achievement, in terms of conflict resolution”.
The conference between Mr Raab and the 2 senior Democrats on Capitol Hill was set up late recently after Ms Pelosi provided a highly worded warning to Britain that there was “no chance” of a US-UK trade deal being agreed if the Belfast arrangement was jeopardised.
While Ms Pelosi duplicated that message throughout the meeting with Mr Raab in her office, earlier in the day, Mr Pompeo struck an upbeat tone about the status of the US-US trade settlements, predicting “an effective conclusion before too long”.
” The fourth round began now a little over a week back, and I believe our teams are working vigilantly to make great progress on that important mission,” he said. Mr Pompeo and members of the Trump administration are highly helpful of Brexit, though final sign-off on an offer must be offered by Congress.
Mr Pompeo likewise said he trusted Britain when it comes to upholding the Belfast Contract following the intro of the UK internal market Expense.
” I am positive they’ll get it right,” he said. “We have actually made clear our view of the importance of the Excellent Friday [Belfast] Arrangements.
Mr Raab’s conferences in Washington happened a day after 4 senior members of Congress, including the outgoing head of the foreign affairs committee Eliot Engel, cautioned Britain not to weaken the Belfast Contract.
In a letter to prime minister Boris Johnson, the bipartisan group said that “we stand with millions of Americans who support the achievement of the Excellent Friday Contract and feel personally bought guaranteeing peace in Northern Ireland.”
” We urge you to abandon any and all lawfully questionable and unfair efforts to flout the Northern Ireland protocol of the withdrawal contract and aim to ensure that Brexit negotiations do not weaken the decades of progress to bring peace to Northern Ireland and future alternatives for the bilateral relationship in between our 2 nations,” they composed.