Speaker Pelosi says there’s “no chance” of US-UK trade deal if Brexit undermines Good Friday Agreement

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said there would be “no chance” of US-UK trade deal if Brexit undermines Ireland’s Good Friday Agreement in any way.

Speaking at a London School of Economics event the American politician underlined the importance of the so-called “Irish backstop” which ensures the Irish border remains open whatever the outcome of the UK and the EU’s future relationship negotiations.

Cross-border cooperation was one of the main agreements included in the Good Friday talks. Frictionless movement was part of a strategy of ‘normalisation’ of relations between Protestant and Catholic communities within Northern Ireland and across the border”, the Institute for Government said, with the government calling it “the most tangible symbol of the Peace Process”.

Pelosi, the 52nd Speaker of the US House of Representatives, told attendees at LSE last night that if the UK Brexit undermines Ireland’s Good Friday Agreement in any way “there would be no chance of US-UK trade deal… Don’t even think about it.”

The Californian politician also laid out her plan to help the Democrats win the 2020 election in 2019. She said:

“I intend to have this election won by this November, because by a year in advance, that’s when people decide they’re going to run for office. We want the message to be clear; we will retain the majority, we will grow the majority and will do so because our candidates are doing their constituent work. We are, again, owning the ground, drilling down with our message, having the resources to win”.

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