Trumps Northern Ireland envoy also warns Johnson of brexit plan

The American Special Envoy for 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 US wants to prevent controls on the Irish border.

The warning follows a controversial bill from Prime Minister Johnson that would allow the British to unilaterally overturn parts of the EU exit agreement. This includes agreements between London and Brussels on trade and border controls between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Although these agreements have already been made, Johnson wants to be able to return to them.

With the plan, Johnson has put a bomb under the negotiations for a trade agreement with the EU. And the fear is that it jeopardises the Good Friday Agreement, which put an end to years of violence between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. The 1998 peace agreement states that there will be no hard line between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

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“The Trump Administration, the State Department and the United States Congress share the desire to maintain the Good Friday Agreement and the absence of a border,” says Mulvaney. The United States had a major role in the negotiations that led to the peace agreement after years of talks.

Earlier, the Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, warned the British Prime Minister. Biden said yesterday that the Good Friday Agreement ‘must not become a victim of brexit‘ if the British want a trade deal with the US.

Not inevitable, but risks’

Mulvaney, a leading Republican who has short lines 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 hard line inevitable. “But I think it is important that everyone is aware of the potential risks Mulvaney is not taking sides between the EU and the British, he says.

Conservative British MP Tugendhat, who sits on the parliamentary committee that oversees the British Foreign Office, tells the Financial Times that American commentary should not leave the British Government unmoved. “There are only two things that are shared by both sides in the US: warnings for China and commitment to Ireland