Joe Biden condemns Boris Johnson and says the US won’t allow agreement to become a ‘casualty of Brexit’
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Boris Johnson has spoken a lot about the lucrative post-Brexit trade deals Britain is apparently going to make with the US.

But he seems to have forgotten one thing – America has to agree to deals first.

And a new barrage of Brexit-related criticism from US Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden, suggests that might not be a given.

Especially when they control the House of Representatives.

The comments from US Democrats have come after Boris Johnson’s well-reported plans to “break international law” by essentially giving ministers in the UK powers to “disapply” the rules agreed in the supposedly “oven-ready” deal agreed with the EU.

AKA… break them whenever they want.

The rules in question they want to break relate to moving goods in and out of Northern Ireland and the introduction of a ‘hard border’, which would break the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

And now presidential nominee Joe Biden has directly criticised Boris Johnson’s plans, tweeting:

We can’t allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit.

Any trade deal between the U.S. and U.K. must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period.

Alongside the comment, he retweeted a bipartisan letter from US representatives calling on Boris Johnson and the UK to honour the Good Friday agreement.

Simultaneously, House speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement after meeting with foreign secretary Dominic Raab, saying there would be “absolutely no chance” of a US-UK trade agreement if the UK violates international agreement and Brexit “undermines” the Good Friday accord.

Uh oh!

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