Pelosi warns Britain that breaking peace in Northern Ireland would jeopardize post-Brexit trade deal


Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) warned the UK on Friday that any breach of the 1998 peace deal with Northern Ireland that ended decades of violence would ruin the chances of a trade deal post-Brexit with the United States.

The Democratic leader said during a speech at an event organized by a London-based political think tank Chatham House that the delay of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson implementing the provisions of the Northern Ireland Protocol to the 2020 Brexit Treaty could conflict with the Good Friday Agreement.

The peace agreement ended three decades of Troubles, the violent conflict between Irish Catholic nationalist militants and pro-British loyalists who resulted in the deaths of around 3,600 people, according to Reuters.

“If there is destruction of the Good Friday agreements, they [are] it is very unlikely that there will be a bilateral agreement between the UK and the US,” Pelosi said on Friday.

Northern Ireland’s Brexit protocol stipulates that the province remains both within the customs territory of the United Kingdom and within the single market of the European Union.

However, since the UK’s official exit from the EU in January, Johnson has postponed implementing some provisions of the protocol, which his chief negotiator has called unsustainable, according to Reuters.

Nonetheless, Britain continued to call on Congress to strike a new bilateral trade deal, with the British Embassy in Washington saying in June that it planned to distribute reports to every member of Congress detailing the impact of trade. American with the UK on their constituents.

Embassy reports, for example, noted that the California district of Pelosi exported $1.1 billion worth of services to the UK in 2019, making Britain the district’s largest export market that year.

Pelosi at Friday’s event also criticized the way capitalism has been implemented in the United States, arguing that if “it’s our economic system”, it “has not served our economy as well as it should”.

“You can’t have a system where the success of some stems from the exploitation of workers and stems from the exploitation of the environment and others, and we need to fix that,” she argued.


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