Lawmakers threaten US-UK trade talks to protect Ireland peace from Brexit

U.S. trade negotiations with the United Kingdom will face bipartisan opposition if British Prime Minister Boris Johnson proceeds with a Brexit maneuver that American lawmakers fear could lead to a renewal of violence in Northern Ireland.

“The United States Congress will not support any free trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom if the United Kingdom fails to preserve the gains of the Good Friday Agreement and broader peace process,” House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel, a Democrat from New York, wrote Tuesday, referring to the 1998 deal that largely ended the Irish sectarian conflict. “If these reported plans were to go forward, it would be difficult to see how these conditions could be met.”
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