Thursday October 1, 2020

Britain banking on business as usual with a forgiving US

Prominent US politicians may have used harsh words about the British government’s behaviour on the withdrawal agreement, but the US will act in its own interest, and if that means dealing with Britain rather than Ireland and the EU, then it will do so

13th September, 2020
Nancy Pelosi: the US Speaker of the House claimed there would be no chance of a US/UK trade agreement passing the Congress if Britain undermines the Good Friday Accord, but was she bluffing? Picture: Getty

Last week on Capitol Hill, Ireland secured a minor diplomatic victory in the aftermath of the shock revelation that Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, was poised to renege on parts of the EU withdrawal agreement. The pushback from Democratic Congressional leaders was fast and forceful.

“The UK must respect the Northern Ireland protocol as signed with the EU to ensure the free flow of goods across the border,” Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, said....

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