As Donald Trump seems to be finally grasping some semblance of reality and preparing to exit The White House, President elect Joe Biden is busy making clear the potential cost to the UK of a no deal Brexit.
No trade deal with the US.
The red lines for Biden are in any changes to UK border policy that would impact Ireland and threaten the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement. Biden has repeatedly called for the border between Ireland and the United Kingdom to be unaffected during the final stages of the Brexit process negotiations.
His second phone call to an international leader following his election success was to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In the call Biden underlined his commitment to and the importance of protecting Ireland’s peace deal. He made similar statements of commitment to other European leaders.
With less than 37 days to complete final Brexit negotiations, Johnson’s government is still saying it is prepared to leave without one.
The US President elect made it clear throughout his election campaign that any changes to Irish and UK border policy would negate a US trade deal.
Ireland’s Taoiseach Micheál Martin said on Monday that he remained hopeful of a Brexit free-trade deal emerging by the end of this week. With help from Joe Biden he may be better informed than most. The countless UK hospitality business that trade with the EU currently will be hoping he is.
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