Despite hopes of a resolution between the UK and the EU, Joe Biden’s ally Nancy Pelosi has once again intervened in a Brexit row. The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives travelled to Ireland to discuss the Northern Ireland Protocol.
She arrived yesterday to meet with US Ambassador Claire Cronin.
The Democrats used the talks to warn the UK once more against acting unilaterally to resolve a dispute over Brexit customs checks on goods crossing the Irish Sea.
To avoid a border on the island of Ireland, the Protocol in the 2019 EU withdrawal agreement requires checks on most goods travelling to the province from the United Kingdom.
Ms Cronin stated that she and Ms Pelosi discussed “the importance of the UK and EU reaching a negotiated solution on the Northern Ireland Protocol.”
“A resolution would be a net win for the region’s economy and political stability in the long term – for all its communities,” she added.
The newest intervention warns the UK to reach an agreement with Brussels, despite recent hopes that both sides can reach an agreement.
Since Mr Biden became President, the US has repeatedly intervened in Brexit, issuing a series of threats to the UK.
It has cautioned that if the Good Friday Agreement is jeopardised, it will not sign a trade agreement with Britain.
However, Prime Minister Liz Truss put a trade agreement with Washington on hold last night in order to prevent it from being used against Britain.
“There aren’t currently any negotiations taking place with the US, and I don’t expect those to start in the short to medium term,” she told reporters.
Ms Truss is scheduled to meet with President Biden tomorrow on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.