Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is in Washington where he is trying to reassure US politicians about the latest Brexit move.
Some US politicians are concerned about the UK government’s plans to ignore parts of the Brexit divorce deal.
Raab to meet US Speaker Nancy Pelosi Who said last week If the Northern Ireland peace agreement is undermined, there will be no UK-US trade deal.
Not even 10 has said that the peace agreement will be maintained in all cases.
Raab is scheduled to meet with key US politicians, including his US counterpart Mike Pompeo and Democratic congresswoman Pelosi, who is speaker of the House of Representatives.
Threats over UK-US trade deal
Brexit is expected to be high on the agenda at meetings in Washington.
Earlier this week, a proposed law would give the UK government the power to overturn part of the Brexit withdrawal deal – which Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed to with the EU last October. Cleared its first hurdle.
It was passed by MPs in the House of Commons, but now needs to be passed by the House of Lords.
If the law is enforced, it would violate international law – a possibility that provoked outrage from senior US officials last week.
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Ms Pelosi said that if the UK broke international law and Brexit undermined the Good Friday Agreement – NI peace deal – “US-UK trade agreement will not be possible for Congress to pass”.
Then on Tuesday, four senior congressmen issued a similar warning, saying the UK-US trade deal would be suspended if the UK failed to secure the benefits of the Good Friday deal.
In a letter to Johnson, the four organizations said plans to change part of the Brexit deal on Northern Ireland (known as the Northern Ireland Protocol) could have disastrous consequences for the “Good Friday Agreement” and to maintain peace. May be on a comprehensive process. “The island of Ireland.
“We therefore urge you to abandon any and all legally questionable and unreasonable attempts to provoke Northern Ireland’s protocol to the Return Agreement and to try to ensure that Brexit negotiations take place,” the letter said. Do not undermine decades of progress in bringing peace to Northern Ireland. .
Any 10 people responding to the letter said they were taking steps to ensure that “the Good Friday Agreement is in place under all circumstances and that harmful damages are not inadvertently implemented which could jeopardize the great benefits of the peace process.” Is. “
“We are committed to establishing a strong border and a border between the Republic, Ireland and Ireland. It is not about a legal safety net, nor is the sudden imposition of East-West checks in direct opposition to the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement. “
A spokesman for the No. 10 added: “We will work with our US partners on a bilateral basis to ensure that our positions are understood and to ensure that we agree to a trade agreement with comprehensive assistance in the US. Stay connected. “
In his remarks on Wednesday, Raab is expected to argue that the government’s plans are prudent and proportionate – and that ministers are reacting to threats posed by the European Union to curb food imports.
Mr. Raab will also meet with Mr. Pompeo, amid ongoing tensions over Iran.
The United States Secretary of State recently accused Britain and its European allies of “supporting the ayatollah” to prevent further UN sanctions on Iran.