US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday said she would oppose a post-Brexit trade deal between the US and Britain if it damages an agreement signed two decades ago between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
"If Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be no chance
of a US-UK trade agreement passing the Congress," Pelosi said in a
statement, referring to the agreement reached on Good Friday in 1998.
"Whatever form it takes, Brexit cannot be allowed to imperil the Good
The top House Democrat's remarks come after National Security Adviser
John Bolton said that the United States would support a "no deal"
Brexit, which would likely result in a hard border with customs
checkpoints on the island of Ireland.
There are concerns that imposing physical checks between Northern
Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, and the Republic of
Ireland, which is an EU member, could restart the violence that
plagued Northern Ireland for decades starting in the 1960s.
"The Good Friday Agreement serves as the bedrock of peace in Northern
Ireland and as a beacon of hope for the entire world," Pelosi said.
"After centuries of conflict and bloodshed, the world has witnessed a
miracle of reconciliation and progress made possible because of this
Bolton said Monday in London that the US would enthusiastically
support a no-deal Brexit if that is what the British government
decided to do.
Britain is set to leave the EU on October 31 with or
without an exit deal.
But any new post-Brexit trade deal would be subject to approval by
Congress, which would give Pelosi a chance to block it as the
Democrats control the lower chamber.
US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is pictured during a news conference at the Presidential House in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on Saturday.