LONDON (AP) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned Britain on Friday that there will be no trade deal between the United States and the United Kingdom unless the British government resolves post-Brexit disagreements with the European Union that they risk destabilizing the peace of Northern Ireland.
Britain and the EU are at odds over trade agreements that have imposed controls on goods arriving in Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK. Both parties agreed in their divorce agreement to maintain an open land border between the north and Ireland, a member of the EU. – a key pillar of the Northern Ireland peace process.
Britain says the new controls are onerous and wants to rewrite the deal, but the EU says it will not renegotiate it.
The United States, which played a key role in securing the 1998 Good Friday peace accord in Northern Ireland, has warned Britain not to do anything to undermine the peace accord.
Pelosi, who is visiting the UK, met Prime Minister Boris Johnson at his residence at 10 Downing St. on Thursday. Johnson’s office said the prime minister “outlined UK concerns with the way the (Northern Ireland) Protocol is being implemented and the impact it is having on the people of Northern Ireland.”
Pelosi told an audience at the Chatham House think tank that a transatlantic trade deal was “highly unlikely” if the Good Friday Agreement was destroyed. She said “this is not a threat, it is a prediction.”
Pelosi welcomed the fact that Britain and the EU have agreed to continue talking in an attempt to resolve their differences.
“I am very happy that more time has been given for negotiations and discussion, because they have to reach an agreement,” she said.