Tariffs and tax policy remains a burning issue for US-Irish trade

The Taoiseach’s announcement on school closures and social distancing was the talking point of his Washington trip, but while Covid-19 dominates world headlines, Trump’s tariffs on the EU remain high on the business agenda

15th March, 2020
Tariffs and tax policy remains a burning issue for US-Irish trade
House speaker Nancy Pelosi told Leo Varadkar that any trade deal that disrupted the Good Friday Agreement would not be a runner in the US. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

At an Ireland Funds fundraising dinner in Washington last week, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pointed out that while much of the time, words don't matter, the words of Nancy Pelosi, the US House of Representatives Speaker, typically do. It was a good line, but it's not just who says things, it is what is said that matters.

The House Speaker’s words cited by the Taoiseach were significant because they signalled to the British that any trade...

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