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Stay out of it, Joe! Biden hit with furious backlash after wading into Brexit trade row


The US Democratic presidential candidate has sparked fury after he warned the UK it must honour the Northern Irish peace deal as it extracts itself from the EU or there would be no US trade deal. A former Cabinet minister hit back saying Mr Biden, who is going up against US President Donald Trump, is a “Brexit and Boris hater”.

They claimed he “doesn’t understand” the threat to the Good Friday Agreement comes from Northern Ireland being separated from the UK’s internal market.

They hailed US Secretary Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said on Wednesday a UK/US trade deal was on track, telling Politico.eu Mr Trump “trusts” Mr Johnson to “get this right”.

Meanwhile former Trade Minister Conor Burns tweeted: “Hey @JoeBiden would you like to discuss the Good Friday agreement?

“It is also called the Belfast Agreement so it doesn’t offend both traditions. Did you actually know that? I was born in NI and I’m a Catholic and a Unionist. Here if you need help.”

While junior health minister Edward Argar said hedid not believe the 1998 Northern Irish peace deal was at risk. 

Mr Biden said in a tweet: “We can’t allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit.

“Any trade deal between the US and UK must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period.”

Mr Johnson unveiled legislation that would break parts of the Brexit divorce treaty relating to Northern Ireland, blaming the EU for putting a revolver on the table in trade talks and trying to divide up the United Kingdom.

He said the UK has to have the ability to break parts of the 2020 Brexit treaty he signed to uphold London’s commitments under the 1998 peace deal which ended three decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland between pro-British Protestant unionists and Irish Catholic nationalists.

Brussels has warned any breach of the Brexit treaty could sink trade talks and thus complicate the border between the UK’s Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland.


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