Biden meddles in Brexit row again–Truss told to cave on new EU demand in trade deal threat

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The White House warned that tearing up the post-Brexit deal for Northern Ireland would “not create a conducive environment” for US-UK trade talks.

Mr Biden’s press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said yesterday: “There is a no formal linkage on trade talks between the US and the UK and the Northern Ireland Protocol, as we have said, but efforts to undo the Northern Ireland Protocol would not create a conducive environment.”

It is the latest intervention from the US President over the protocol, which is the subject of a bitter row between Britain and Brussels.

Mr Biden has repeatedly urged the UK not to take any action that could lead to a hard Irish border.

The warning comes after Liz Truss told Commons on Wednesday that her preference is for a negotiated solution with the EU.

But she warned any agreement would have to deliver “all of the things we set out” in the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill.

The legislation hands ministers powers to unilaterally override elements of the protocol, which was designed to prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

However, the arrangement has been an ongoing source of tension between the UK and the EU as it has led to checks on goods moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Mr Biden raised the issue which threatens to strain the transatlantic relationship in his first phone call with Ms Truss on Tuesday.

The US leader, who has Irish roots, stressed the importance of reaching an agreement with the bloc.

According to the White House’s account of the call, the two discussed their “shared commitment to protecting the gains of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and the importance of reaching a negotiated agreement with the European Union on the Northern Ireland Protocol”.


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