Joe Biden weighs in on Brexit, as the US seeks to thwart Frost’s attempt to modify the EU deal.
TOP The suspension of the Northern Ireland Protocol by the UK government, according to US legislators and diplomats, could jeopardize regional peace.
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis received the message as he flew to Washington for crucial talks with key officials, Republicans and Democrats. The Protocol aims to keep the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic open while also safeguarding the region’s membership in the single market.
However, the requirement for border checks on goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK has heightened tensions inside the region as well as between London and Brussels.
Senators and former ambassadors who met with Mr Lewis on Monday as part of the United States Congress Ad Hoc Committee to Protect the Good Friday Agreement described the conversation as “cordial and frank.”
Former US Congressman Bruce Morrison, the committee’s co-chair, said members made it clear that the protocol’s lingering flaws should be resolved between the UK and the EU.
Meanwhile, US majority leaders traveled to Ireland to reaffirm their support for the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
The American Irish State Legislators Caucus was formed by US lawmakers working with Irish counterparts in order to strengthen economic and political ties between Washington and Dublin.
The new group’s goals are centered on promoting the relevance of the deal, which US leaders claim is underpinned by the Protocol.
It comes after White House officials stated that they are “closely monitoring” developments in Northern Ireland this week.
The Biden administration has expressed “severe worry” about the UK’s intention to rip up the agreement.
The UK government has threatened to invoke Article 16 of the Protocol, which is viewed as the “nuclear option.”
Cabinet Office Minister Stephen Barclay said on Tuesday that the UK required a Northern Ireland protocol that was “long-term viable.”
He told Sky News that Britain wants amendments to the Protocol so that “both groups there” could embrace it.
The official spokesperson for Prime Minister Boris Johnson also warned that the accord needed new governance systems.
“Without new governance mechanisms, the protocol will never have the support it requires to exist,” the official stated.
Lord Frost’s calls for modifications to the Northern Ireland Protocol addressing the role of the European Union were also repeated by Downing Street. “Brinkwire News Summary.”