US. U.S. The importance of holding the Irish border open after Brexit has been emphasized by President-elect Joe Biden.
On Tuesday, speaking to reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, he said, “We don’t want a guarded frontier.”
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“We want to make sure that – we’ve worked too long to settle Ireland, and I’ve talked to the British prime minister, I’ve talked to the Taoiseach, I’ve talked to others, I’ve talked to the French,” he said.
“The idea of the border between north and south being closed again is just not right, we have to keep the border open.”
We cannot enable the Good Friday Deal, which brought Northern Ireland stability, to become a Brexit casualty.
Any trade deal between the United States and the United Kingdom must be conditional on compliance with the agreement and on preventing a hard border from returning. Period. https://t.co/Ecu9jPrcHL
—September 16, 2020, Joe Biden (@JoeBiden)
In early November, during one of his first phone calls with other world leaders as President-elect, Mr. Biden addressed Brexit with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, advising him that Brexit must not endanger the peace process in Northern Ireland.
“During his presidential campaign, Biden had already addressed the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, tweeting in September, “We will not allow the Good Friday Agreement, which gave Northern Ireland stability, to become a Brexit casualty.
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“Any trade deal between the U.S. and the U.K. must be conditional on compliance with the agreement and prevent the return of a hard border. Period.”
Negotiations on trade between the UK And the EU continues, although time is running out before the new transitional agreements expire at the end of the year to achieve and ratify an agreement.
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen told MEPs that the talks were “crucial days,” adding, “I can’t tell you today whether there will be an agreement in the end.”
In certain cases, “real progress” has been made, with a “possible final text” outlined in areas such as criminal justice, goods and services, and transport.
However, there have been no breakthroughs in the three fields that have proven to be troublesome for months – fishing rights, the governance of any agreement, and the “level playing field” designed to avoid unfair competition in standards and government subsidies.
“We will do everything in our power to reach an agreement. We are willing to be creative. But we are not prepared to question the integrity of the single market. It is the main guarantor of prosperity and wealth in Europe.” [2/3]
– Daniel Ferrie (@DanielFerrie) November 25, 2020 November 25, 2020
Ms. von der Leyen said that the EU is “with very little time ahead,” “ready to be creative” but will safeguard the dignity of the Single Market.
She said there are still “serious issues” with regard to state aid and the United Kingdom’s potential. Deviating from EU labor and environmental norms.
Johnson has insisted that nothing that ties the UK will be signed by him. “We want to know what remedies are available if one side deviates in the future, because trust is good, but law is better.” Ms. von der Leyen said, referring to EU laws.