Why the post-Brexit US-UK trade agreement depends on NI’s Good Friday Agreement

Why does Northern Ireland and the EU stand in the way of a EU-US Trade Agreement?

“The Good Friday Agreement is the bedrock of peace in Northern Ireland and an inspiration for the whole world. Whatever form it takes, Brexit cannot be allowed to imperil the Good Friday Agreement, including the stability brought by the invisible and frictionless border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland”.

These are the words of Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Polosi. The US is a co-guarantor of the Good Friday agreement, the deal which resulted in decades of peace between conflicted parties in Northern Ireland.

The US has now called on the UK to respect the “Northern Ireland Protocol” of the Withdrawal Agreements as signed with the EU to ensure the free flow of goods across the border”. The Speaker went on to say that “if the U.K. violates that international treaty and Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be absolutely no chance of a U.S.-U.K. trade agreement passing the Congress. The Good Friday Agreement is treasured by the American people and will be proudly defended in the United States Congress.”

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