The spokesman for the US House of Representatives threatens that there will be "absolutely no chance" for a trade deal with Great Britain if Boris Johnson suspends the Brexit agreement with Brussels.
Nancy Pelosi, a prominent Democrat, said that Congress would never pass an economic deal that it believed could "jeopardize" the Northern Ireland peace accord.
Ms. Pelosi called the Good Friday Agreement the "foundation of peace in Northern Ireland and an inspiration to the whole world," adding that the agreement "is valued by the American people and proudly defended in the United States Congress".
A senior European source told The Times last night that they thought the prime minister had a no-deal strategy.
"They laugh at us," said the source. "The constant references to the WTO are a signal 'you can go to hell'. My gut feeling is that the UK government has opted for a no-deal," the source said.
The comments come after the Prime Minister surprised the EU by revealing plans to override key elements of the Brexit deal in relation to Northern Ireland.
Nancy Pelosi, a prominent Democrat, said that Congress would never pass an economic deal that it believed could "jeopardize" the Northern Ireland peace accord
The comments come after the Prime Minister surprised the EU by revealing plans to override key elements of the Brexit deal in relation to Northern Ireland
Ministers have admitted that the proposed Single Market Act will violate international law.
In a statement on Wednesday, Ms Pelosi said: “In whatever form, Brexit must not jeopardize the Good Friday Agreement, including the stability brought by the invisible and smooth border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Brussels threatened to make food exports from the UK to Northern Ireland illegal
Michel Barnier's team threatened to make food exports from the UK to Northern Ireland illegal if Britain did not bow to its demands for trade deals.
The negotiator's warning prompted the government to make legal changes to the withdrawal agreement, according to Sun.
Under the agreement, the export of products of animal origin, including meat, fish, shellfish, eggs and dairy products, from mainland Britain to Northern Ireland is subject to EU supervision.
After Brussels warned that the UK might not be on an approved list in the event of a no deal, ministers in the withdrawal agreement called for new domestic legislation to prevent exports from becoming illegal.
“The UK must comply with the Northern Ireland Protocol signed with the EU to ensure the free movement of goods across the border.
"If Britain breaks this international treaty and Brexit undermines the Good Friday Agreement, there is absolutely no chance a US-UK trade deal will pass Congress."
Ministers argue that the new legislative proposals to protect the Northern Ireland peace process will be needed if London and Brussels fail to reach a free trade deal before the end of the current Brexit transition period at the end of the year.
Mr Johnson spoke to Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin on Wednesday about the proposed legislation.
Former Prime Minister Sir John Major targeted Boris Johnson's plans to override parts of the Brexit divorce deal when he warned that Britain's worldwide reputation as a trustworthy nation is at stake.
Along with Theresa May, he criticized the current Tory resident of Downing Street for saying the UK's signing of treaties had long been considered "sacrosanct".
Any step back to what was agreed between Brussels and the UK last year would mean "losing something beyond price and possibly never recoverable," he said.
The former Prime Minister's intervention came after Mr Johnson insisted on doing his "duty" as he faced a growing Tory mutiny over threatening to abandon the Brexit deal.
The legislation, released this week, would unilaterally determine details that Brussels insists must be settled by a joint committee, including customs agreements between mainland Britain and Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland's Secretary Brandon Lewis sparked outrage by bluntly admitting that the measures would violate international law.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, warned that the move would undermine the "prosperous future relationship".
Former Prime Minister Sir John Major targeted Boris Johnson's plans to override parts of the Brexit divorce deal today when he warned that Britain's worldwide reputation as a trustworthy nation is at stake
Former British Ambassador Lord Darroch said he suspected Boris Johnson was trying to "create chaos" in order to find better conditions and that there was an "aspect of what Donald Trump would have done" (Prime Minister and US President are pictured together last September & # 39;
However, Downing Street made strong claims that the withdrawal agreement "was not like any other contract" as it was sealed "in the most difficult political circumstances."
And Mr Johnson told the Commons that his first responsibility is to protect the peace process.
"My job is to protect the integrity of Great Britain, but also to protect the Northern Ireland peace process and the Good Friday Agreement," said the Prime Minister.
“To do this, we need a legal safety net to protect our country from extreme or irrational interpretations of the Protocol that could lead to a border along the Irish Sea, I believe – and I think Members of the House believe so – prejudice the interests of the Good Friday Agreement and the interests of peace in our country. That has to be our priority. & # 39;
The former UK ambassador to the US has gotten into line by suggesting that the dramatic move is a Trump-style offer to get better deal in post-Brexit trade negotiations, which are at a critical stage .
Lord Darroch said he suspected that Mr. Johnson was trying to "create chaos" in order to find better terms and there was an "aspect of how Donald Trump would have done it".
Meanwhile, David Melding, a Welsh Conservative politician, left the Tory front bank in Senedd over concerns about the Prime Minister's approach to Brexit.
Sir John said in a statement that Mr Johnson's plans could cost the UK its "reputation for delivering on the promises we make".
The former Prime Minister said: “For generations the solemn British word has been accepted by friend and foe. Our signing of any contract or agreement was sacrosanct.
“In the last century, when our military strength has weakened, our word has retained its power.
"If we lose our reputation for keeping our promises, we have lost something that is beyond price and may never be regained."
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