The US special envoy to Northern Ireland warns British Prime Minister Johnson not to “accidentally create a hard border” between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s former chief of staff, tells the Financial Times that the United States wants to avoid controls at the Irish border.
The warning follows a controversial bill from Prime Minister Johnson that allows the British to unilaterally throw away parts of the exit agreement from the EU. This includes an agreement between London and Brussels on trade and border security between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Although these agreements have already been made, Johnson wants to be able to change them back.
With the plan, Johnson has bombarded the negotiations on a trade agreement with the EU. And the fear is that it will jeopardize the Good Friday Agreement, which ended years of violence between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. The 1
“The Trump administration, the State Department and the United States Congress share a desire to uphold the Good Friday Agreement and the absence of a border,” Mulvaney said. The United States played an important role in the negotiations, which after years of talks led to the peace agreement.
Earlier, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi warned the British Prime Minister yesterday. want to close.
‘Not inevitable, but risks are’
Mulvaney, a prominent Republican with short lines of communication with the White House, says he has discussed Johnson’s bill with the Irish government. He does not feel that Johnson’s proposal makes a difficult boundary inevitable. “But I think it’s important that everyone is aware of the potential risks.” Mulvaney does not take sides between the EU and the British, he says.
The Conservative British House of Commons, Tugendhat, which sits on Parliament’s committee overseeing the British Foreign Office, told the Financial Times that the US comment should not leave the British government untouched. “There are only two things that are shared by both sides in the United States: warnings for China and a commitment to Ireland.”