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White House: Sabotaging Northern Ireland deal won't help US-UK trade talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre said on Wednesday that any effort to undermine the Northern Ireland deal would not create a favorable environment for trade talks between the United States and Britain.

As a member of Parliament, the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Liz Truss, has introduced legislation to withdraw the Northern Ireland Protocol, which was part of the UK’s withdrawal agreement from the European Union. It prioritized the protection of 1998 the Good Friday Agreement, or the Belfast Agreement, to bring about peace in British-controlled areas.

“There is no formal link between the trade talks between the two countries, as we have said, the US and UK and the Northern Ireland agreement, but efforts to rescind the Northern Ireland agreement will not create an enabling environment,” Jean- Pierre said.

On Tuesday, the White House of Representatives said U.S. Presidents Joe Biden and Truss “discussed their shared commitment to protecting the outcomes of the Belfast/Good Friday deal, as well as working with the European Union on North The importance of negotiating the Irish protocol.”

Biden, who often prides himself on his Irish heritage, has insisted that Britain would not do anything that could jeopardize a quarter-century of peace in Northern Ireland .

The two leaders could meet as early as the United Nations General Assembly later in September.

Truss won the leadership race for the ruling Conservative Party on Monday and succeeded Boris Johnson as prime minister on Tuesday as Britain faces its toughest challenge in decades.



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