Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is in Washington the place he’s anticipated to strive to reassure US politicians concerning the newest Brexit twist.
Some US politicians are involved concerning the UK authorities’s plan to override components of the Brexit divorce deal.
Mr Raab will meet US Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who last week said there can be no UK-US commerce deal if the Northern Ireland peace settlement was undermined.
No 10 has mentioned the peace settlement will probably be upheld in all circumstances.
Mr Raab is due to meet main politicians together with his US counterpart, Mike Pompeo, in addition to Democratic Congresswoman Ms Pelosi, who’s speaker of the House of Representatives.
Threats over UK-US commerce deal
Brexit is predicted to be excessive on the agenda on the Washington conferences.
Earlier this week, a proposed regulation that will give the UK authorities the ability to override a part of the Brexit withdrawal deal – which Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed with the EU final October – cleared its first hurdle.
It now faces additional scrutiny and in addition wants to be handed by the House of Lords.
If the regulation comes into power, it will breach worldwide regulation – a prospect that prompted an indignant response from senior figures within the US final week.
Ms Pelosi mentioned if the UK broke worldwide regulation and Brexit undermined the Good Friday Agreement – the NI peace deal – there can be “absolutely no chance of a US-UK trade agreement passing the Congress”.
Then on Tuesday, 4 senior congressmen additionally issued the same warning, saying a UK-US commerce deal can be blocked if the UK failed to protect the beneficial properties of the Good Friday Agreement.
In a letter to Mr Johnson, the 4 congressmen mentioned the plans to change the a part of the Brexit deal on Northern Ireland (often called the Northern Ireland Protocol) might have “disastrous consequences for the Good Friday Agreement and broader process to maintain peace on the island of Ireland”.
“We therefore urge you to abandon any and all legally questionable and unfair efforts to flout the Northern Ireland protocol of the withdrawal agreement and look to ensure that Brexit negotiations do not undermine the decades of progress to bring peace to Northern Ireland,” the letter added.
No 10 responded to the letter, saying it was taking these steps to be sure the Good Friday Agreement “is upheld in all circumstances and harmful defaults do not inadvertently come into play which could jeopardise the huge gains of the peace process”.
“We are absolutely committed to no hard border and no border infrastructure between the Republic of Ireland and N Ireland. This is about a legal safety net and not having east-west checks suddenly imposed which run directly counter to Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.”
The No 10 spokesperson added: “We will continue to engage with our US partners on a bipartisan basis to ensure that our positions are understood and to ensure we agree a trade deal with widespread support in the US.”
In his talks on Wednesday, Mr Raab is predicted to argue that the federal government’s plans are precautionary and proportionate – and a response to what ministers describe as threats from the EU to block meals imports.
Mr Raab can even meet Mr Pompeo, amid persevering with transatlantic tensions over Iran.
The US secretary of state lately accused the UK and its European allies of “siding with the Ayatollahs” for blocking additional United Nations’ sanctions on Iran.