Biden warns Johnson of Brexit upset to peace in Northern Ireland

Joe Biden used his first cellphone name with Boris Johnson as US president-elect to warn the British chief not to compromise peace in Northern Ireland in his pursuit of Brexit.

During the course of a 20- to 25-minute dialog on Tuesday, Biden “reaffirmed his support” for the 1998 deal that put an finish to the violence in Northern Ireland, in accordance to an announcement from the president-elect’s crew.


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A British official confirmed that Biden raised the Good Friday Agreement in the context of Brexit negotiations, and that Johnson responded by promising the president-elect that Britain would uphold the peace accord. Biden spoke later to Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin, and once more made some extent of emphasizing his backing for peace in the area.

The alternate with Johnson marks an uncomfortable begin to the most recent incarnation of the so-called particular relationship between the UK and the US and suggests Biden won’t be an unequivocal backer of Johnson’s Brexit undertaking in the best way President Donald Trump has been.

The two males have by no means met in particular person, and Biden has proven himself to be fiercely proud of his Irish roots. His transition to energy comes at a fragile section in the UK’s divorce from the European Union. Unlike Trump, Biden was opposed to Brexit and has aired his views on it.

Known historical past

Back in September, Biden raised his issues over Johnson’s plan to break worldwide legislation by reneging on elements of the Brexit divorce settlement he struck with the EU relating to commerce with Northern Ireland. President Barack Obama, who Biden served beneath, famously weighed in on the 2016 referendum to say that if the UK opted out of the EU the US can be put on the “back of the queue” when it got here to commerce talks.

Biden had mentioned in September that any US commerce cope with the UK should be “contingent” on respecting the Northern Ireland peace settlement and avoiding a return to a tough border with the Republic of Ireland. Those talks, begun beneath Trump, will now seemingly be adopted up by a Biden administration in a course of that might take years, judging by the size of earlier commerce negotiations.

A British official mentioned the decision was pleasant and good. The UK has at all times insisted its plans don’t compromise peace in the area and are meant to safeguard stability.

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