#Brexit – ‘Good Friday Agreement will be fiercely defended by the US Congress’ Pelosi

| August 14, 2019

Speaker of the US House of Congress Nancy Pelosi meets Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels 

Speaker of the United States Congress Nancy Pelosi fires off a statement in support of the Good Friday Agreement a day after the US National Security Adviser John Bolton’s visit to London where he met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, writes Catherine Feore.

Bolton said that the UK would be “first in line” for a trade deal with the US, this was in sharp contrast with Barack Obama’s statement that the UK would be at the back of the queue. Obama stressed that this was because it was more important for the US to complete a trade deal with a large bloc like the EU, rather than the smaller market the UK would represent by comparison.

John Bolton said the US supported a no-deal Brexit and suggested that the US and UK could take a  “sector-by-sector” basis, looking at manufacturing and then moving in to other fields, such as agriculture and financial services. He was confident that this could be agreed on swiftly by the United States Congress.

Pelosi’s response, reiterated the commitment already made in March to the United States’ continued support for a seamless border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, stating that Brexit could not be allowed to imperil the Good Friday Agreement: “The Good Friday Agreement serves as the bedrock of peace in Northern Ireland and as a beacon of hope for the entire world.  After centuries of conflict and bloodshed, the world has witnessed a miracle of reconciliation and progress made possible because of this transformative accord…

“If Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be no chance of a US-UK trade agreement passing the Congress.  The peace of the Good Friday Agreement is treasured by the American people and will be fiercely defended on a bicameral and bipartisan basis in the United States Congress.”

Questions have arisen over whether the sector-by-sector approach would be compatible with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) rules.

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