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Truss and US politicians discuss ‘cast-iron commitment’ to Good Friday Agreement

The international secretary stated she mentioned the UK’s “cast-iron commitment” to the Good Friday Agreement throughout a meeting with US politicians.

Liz Truss stated it was “great” welcoming a bipartisan US congressional delegation led by prime Democrat Richard Neal, with matters of dialog starting from the peace treaty to “the importance of free trade” and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

It comes throughout heightened tensions over the post-Brexit deal on Northern Ireland.

Mr Neal, the top of the highly effective methods and means committee within the US home of representatives, additionally spoke with Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the worldwide commerce secretary, and Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer on Saturday.

Accounts of the talks with the cupboard ministers have been skinny on element, with solely tweets as a information to their discussions.

The go to from the delegation follows a warning from US home speaker Nancy Pelosi that congress won’t assist a free commerce settlement with the UK if the federal government persists with “deeply concerning” plans to “unilaterally discard” the Northern Ireland protocol.

Ms Truss stated of her meeting: “Great welcoming @RepRichardNeal @WaysMeansCmte with members of US Congress today … We discussed our cast-iron commitment to the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement, the importance of free trade and our condemnation of Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.”

Ms Trevelyan stated she was “delighted” to welcome the delegation to her division to discuss UK-US commerce issues, in addition to the scenario in Ukraine, however made no express point out of post-Brexit tensions.

She tweeted: “Delighted to welcome @RepRichardNeal @RepKevinBrady and the US Ways & Means Committee delegation to @tradegovuk to discuss trade, Ukraine, and watch the glorious rehearsals for Trooping the Colour #PlatinumJubilee”.

A spokesperson for Sir Keir stated his meeting featured talks on the necessity to defend the Good Friday Agreement by making certain a working Northern Ireland protocol.

The Labour chief and congressional delegation additionally touched on the necessity to be bold and inventive in commerce dialogues between the US and UK, and the significance of western unity within the face of Russian aggression in Europe, the spokesperson stated.

In a strongly-worded intervention on Thursday, Ms Pelosi urged the UK and the EU to proceed negotiations on the post-Brexit commerce preparations to uphold peace within the area.

The congresswoman stated in an announcement: “The Good Friday Accords are the bedrock of peace in Northern Ireland and a beacon of hope for the entire world.

“Ensuring there remains no physical border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland is absolutely necessary for upholding this landmark agreement, which has transformed Northern Ireland.

“It is deeply concerning that the United Kingdom now seeks to unilaterally discard the Northern Ireland Protocol, which preserves the important progress and stability forged by the Accords.”

The newest controversy has been sparked by Ms Truss’s announcement on Tuesday that the UK intends to legislate to override components of the Brexit withdrawal treaty it struck with the EU.

The international secretary advised the Commons the transfer is required to scale back “unnecessary bureaucracy” and to defend the Good Friday Agreement, arguing that the EU’s proposals “would go backward from the situation we have today”.

The ongoing row over the treaty has created an deadlock in efforts to kind a devolved authorities administration in Belfast, with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) refusing to be part of an government until its considerations over the scenario are addressed.

Ms Pelosi’s intervention was met with scorn from former Brexit minister Lord Frost, who known as the assertion “ignorant” of the “the realities in Northern Ireland”.

“There is no plan to put in place a physical border,” he advised the BBC.

“Nobody has ever suggested that, so I don’t know why she is suggesting that in her statement.”

DUP chief Sir Jeffrey Donaldson additionally described Ms Pelosi’s contribution as “entirely unhelpful”.

Ms Pelosi just isn’t the one senior determine in Washington to specific concern about relations between the UK and the EU in current days.

Derek Chollet, a senior adviser to US secretary of state Antony Blinken, stated on Friday a “big fight” between the UK and the EU is the “last thing” the US desires.

Mr Neal advised The Guardian a part of his job is to persuade the UK not to breach the Brexit treaty.

“They haven’t breached it yet. They’re talking about breaching it, so part of my job is to convince them not to breach it,” he stated.

“My purpose is manifold but we really want to reaffirm America’s unwavering commitment to the Good Friday Agreement and to remind everybody that on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, it has worked splendidly.

“I want to remind everybody in the UK, in Northern Ireland, that it should not be treated as a cavalier achievement.”

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