Biden and Truss discuss NI protocol in New York meeting
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Joe Biden and the White House have been warned to “mind their own business” after being accused of a “thinly-veiled swipe at the UK” over the Brexit row with the European Union. Last month, the US President met Prime Minister Liz Truss in New York. The White House had said Mr Biden would tell her she must work with the European Union to find a negotiated outcome to solve tensions over the Northern Ireland Protocol. The US President, vocally proud of his Irish heritage, has repeatedly raised concerns about the impact of Brexit and the Protocol on the peace process in Northern Ireland.
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, has also continued to warn the UK against taking unilateral action to resolve the ongoing Brexit row with the EU.
The White House published ‘The Biden-Harris Administration’s National Security Strategy’ on Wednesday and on page 39 of the 48-page document, it makes reference the going Brexit issue.
Under the section ‘Deepen Our Alliance with Europe’ it says: We also encourage close cooperation on matters of mutual interest between the EU and the United Kingdom.
“In addition, we underscore our support for the Good Friday Agreement which is the bedrock of peace, stability, and prosperity in Northern Ireland.”
But Nile Gardiner, a foreign policy expert, former aide to Margaret Thatcher and critic of the Biden Administration, has reacted furiously to this.
He tweeted: Thinly veiled swipe at the UK over the Northern Ireland Protocol in the new Biden National Security Strategy.
“Obviously the British Government has no intention of undermining the Good Friday Agreement, which the Protocol actually does. The White House needs to mind its own business.
The White House says in the document: “President Biden’s National Security Strategy outlines how the United States will advance our vital interests and pursue a free, open, prosperous, and secure world.
“We will leverage all elements of our national power to outcompete our strategic competitors; tackle shared challenges; and shape the rules of the road.”
Last month, Mr Gardiner had told Express.co.uk: “The interference from Biden and Pelosi on Brexit and specifically the Northern Ireland Protocol is absolutely outrageous. It’s time for the British Government to stand up to Biden and tell him to mind his own business.
“Liz Truss needs to be very assertive on this issue and she has to confront the Biden presidency over the Protocol to warn him to back off.
“This is an issue of fundamental British national interest, and it is none of Biden’s business. He has absolutely no say over British policy in the US, and Truss needs to tell Biden and Pelosi to stop threatening Britain.”
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Ms Truss and Mr Biden on the fringes of the UN General Summit last month, with both insisting they want to ensure the Good Friday Agreement is protected as they looked to thaw tensions over Britain’s stance on the Protocol.
The US President told the Prime Minister ahead of their talks: “We both are committed to protecting the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. I’m looking forward to hearing what’s on your mind and how we can continue to cooperate.”
Ms Truss told him: “And of course, I’m looking forward to discussing the Belfast Good Friday Agreement, and how we make sure that’s upheld into the future.”
Days earlier, the Prime Minister had hinted a trade deal between the UK and US could be several years away, warning she wasn’t expecting talks between the two sides to start “in the short to medium term”.
Ms Pelosi had also travelled to Ireland to hold talks with US Ambassador Claire Cronin, where the Protocol was a hot topic of discussion.
Ms Cronin said she had spoken about “the importance of the UK and EU reaching a negotiated solution on the Northern Ireland Protocol” with the Speaker of the US House of Representatives.
The US Ambassador added: “A resolution would be a net win for the region’s economy and political stability in the long-term – for all its communities.”
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