Jordan's King Receives European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Affairs    Kuwaiti Prime Minister Receives GCC Secretary General    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Chairs Cabinet's Virtual Session    Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading Lower at 10,761 Points    HRH Crown Prince Congratulates President of Central African Republic on Republic Day    Education Minister Meets with Chairman of Italian Thought and Research Center    Saudi Hind Al-Showaier Elected Regional Director of World Federation of the Deaf    KSrelief Covers Annual Expenses for Orphaned, Needy Students in Albanian Islamic Sheikhdom Schools    Russia Records 32,648 New Cases of COVID-19, 1,229 Deaths    Japan Confirms First Case of Omicron Variant of Coronavirus    World's first living robots can now reproduce, scientists say    Chinese president pledges one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to Africa    Actor hatched 'secret plan' for hate hoax    Are Indians unable to laugh at themselves?    UN chief calls for nuclear weapons-free Middle East    MHRSD resolves dispute between employer and Filipino housemaids    Dr. Carboni: 4 museums to be set up in two years    Coronavirus pandemic could cost global tourism $2 trillion this year    Jeddah receiving world's greatest drivers in preparation for Formula1 Grand Prix    El-Sisi inaugurates EDEX 2021; tours Saudi pavilion    Trailblazer Juffali named ambassador for Formula 1 STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix    Dr. Al-Sheikh, Japanese envoy discuss promotion of scientific and research cooperation    Aramco awards contracts worth $10bn for vast Jafurah field development    Saudi national team golfers in action in both Thailand & Bahrain    Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading Higher at 10,810 Points    Saudi Film Commission launches strategy to develop cinema sector    Saudi Film Commission launch its strategy to develop film and cinema sector    Saudi Arabia Dakar Rally route unveiled; 430 vehicles to take part    Launch of Fintech Tour Activities in Participation of SAMA, CMA and MCIT    Jeddah Corniche Circuit attracts world attention as first Saudi Arabian GP nears    Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading Lower at 10,787 Points    Dar AL-Hekma University Celebrates General Education    Riyadh Season to host @Hack as biggest cybersecurity event in region    'Disability reminds us that there is no such thing as normal'    Bollywood superstar Salman Khan to dazzle Riyadh Season on Dec. 10    President, CEO of Saudi Arabian Fencing Federation to Participate in International Fencing Federation Congress    Al-Hilal Wins AFC Champions League 2021    United Through Sports World Virtual Youth Festival Kicks off Tomorrow in Turaif District    SAFF Announces First Female Coach for KSA's First Women's Team    First Full International Marathon in Saudi Arabia to be Held in March 2022    Winter Wonderland Circus Amazes Audience with Thrilling Acrobatic Shows    Bollywood star's 'India got freedom in 2014' remark stirs controversy    23 Saudi women obtain favorable verdicts in 'adhl' lawsuits    Bride's fingerprint not required in revised e-marriage contract    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.



No US trade deal if Irish peace accord becomes 'casualty of Brexit' — Biden
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 17 - 09 - 2020

Joe Biden has warned that the Irish peace accord that ended decades of violence cannot become a "casualty of Brexit". The US Democratic presidential candidate added that any US-UK trade deal must respect the Good Friday Agreement and avoid a renewed hard border on the island of Ireland.
The warning comes amid international dismay at the British government's plan to give ministers legal powers to overrule parts of the legally-binding EU divorce deal.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been visiting Washington trying to reassure US politicians and diplomats. He says the UK has an "absolute" commitment to the Good Friday Agreement, accusing the EU of politicizing the Irish border issue.
Biden, an Irish-American, took to Twitter to back a warning from the US House Foreign Affairs Committee. "We can't allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit," he said.
"Any trade deal between the US and the UK must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period."
The controversial UK Internal Market bill gives ministers powers to "disapply" parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol in the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, the formal divorce accord between the EU and the UK. It was ratified by both sides and registered as an international treaty.
To keep an open border with the Irish Republic — a fundamental theme of the peace accord — the Brexit deal means Northern Ireland will continue to follow some EU rules from 2021.
EU leaders fear the British legislative plan, which Boris Johnson's government says is needed to reinforce the integrity of the UK, jeopardizes the Good Friday Agreement by flying in the face of the divorce deal's provisions.
But Raab told senior figures in Washington that the perceived threat "has come from the EU's politicization of the issue". "What we cannot have is the EU seeking to erect a regulatory border down the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and Britain," he added.
However, a UK government paper earlier this year accepted there would be some additional controls on goods as a result of the EU divorce agreement, which was heralded by Johnson as a triumph after the prime minister struck the deal in October 2019.
It was seen as a breakthrough following prolonged deadlock over the Irish border issue, which led to the downfall of Johnson's predecessor Theresa May.
Biden's concerns echo those of other senior Democrats, who have warned there is no chance of a US-UK trade deal if Brexit undermines the Good Friday Agreement. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi welcomed Raab's assurances that there would be no return to a hard border. Euronews


Clic here to read the story from its source.