Truss and US Politicians Discuss ‘Cast-Iron Commitment’ to Good Friday Agreement

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British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said she discussed the UK’s “cast-iron commitment” to the Good Friday Agreement during a gathering with U.S. politicians.

Liz Truss said it was “great” welcoming a bipartisan U.S. legislature delegation led by Richard Neal (D-Mass.), with topics of speech ranging from the bid pact to “the value of escaped trade” and Russia’s penetration of Ukraine.

It comes amid heightened tensions implicit the post-Brexit woody connected Northern Ireland.

Neal, the caput of the almighty ways and means committee successful the U.S. House of Representatives, besides spoke with International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Labour person Sir Keir Starmer connected Saturday.

Accounts of the talks with the Cabinet ministers person been bladed connected detail, with lone tweets arsenic a usher to their discussions.

Truss said they discussed “our cast-iron committedness to the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement, the value of escaped trade, and our condemnation of Russia’s amerciable penetration of Ukraine.”

Trevelyan said she was “delighted” to invited the delegation to her section to sermon UK-U.S. commercialized matters, arsenic good arsenic the concern successful Ukraine, but made nary explicit notation of post-Brexit tensions.

A spokesperson for Starmer said his gathering featured talks connected the request to support the Good Friday Agreement by ensuring a moving Northern Ireland Protocol.

The Labour person and legislature delegation besides touched connected the request to beryllium ambitious and originative successful commercialized dialogues betwixt the United States and UK, and the value of occidental unity successful the look of Russian aggression successful Europe, the spokesperson said.

Epoch Times Photo House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks to reporters successful Washington connected May 12, 2022. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

In a strongly-worded involution connected Thursday, Pelosi urged the UK and the E.U. to proceed negotiations connected the post-Brexit commercialized arrangements to uphold bid successful the region.

The congresswoman said successful a statement: “The Good Friday Accords are the bedrock of bid successful Northern Ireland and a beacon of anticipation for the full world.

“Ensuring determination remains nary carnal borderline betwixt the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland is perfectly indispensable for upholding this landmark agreement, which has transformed Northern Ireland.

“It is profoundly concerning that the United Kingdom present seeks to unilaterally discard the Northern Ireland Protocol, which preserves the important advancement and stableness forged by the Accords.”

The latest contention has been sparked by Truss’s announcement connected Tuesday that the UK intends to legislate to override parts of the Brexit withdrawal pact it struck with the E.U.

The overseas caput told the Commons the determination is needed to trim “unnecessary bureaucracy” and to support the Good Friday Agreement, arguing that the E.U.’s proposals “would spell backward from the concern we person today.”

The ongoing enactment implicit the pact has created an impasse successful efforts to signifier a authorities successful Belfast, with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) refusing to articulation an enforcement unless its concerns implicit the concern are addressed.

Pelosi’s involution was met with scorn from erstwhile Brexit curate Lord David Frost, who called the connection “ignorant” of the “the realities successful Northern Ireland.”

“There is nary program to enactment successful spot a carnal border,” helium told the BBC.

“Nobody has ever suggested that, truthful I don’t cognize wherefore she is suggesting that successful her statement.”

DUP person Sir Jeffrey Donaldson besides described Pelosi’s publication arsenic “entirely unhelpful.”

Pelosi is not the lone elder fig successful Washington to wade into relations betwixt the UK and the E.U. successful caller days.

Derek Chollet, a elder advisor to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, said connected Friday a “big fight” betwixt the UK and the E.U. is the “last thing” the United States wants.

Neal told The Guardian portion of his occupation is to person the UK not to breach the Brexit treaty.

“They haven’t breached it yet. They’re talking astir breaching it, truthful portion of my occupation is to person them not to breach it,” helium said.

“My intent is manifold but we truly privation to reaffirm America’s unwavering committedness to the Good Friday Agreement and to punctual everybody that connected the eve of the 25th day of the Good Friday Agreement, it has worked splendidly.

“I privation to punctual everybody successful the UK, successful Northern Ireland that it should not beryllium treated arsenic a cavalier achievement.”

Lily Zhou


Lily Zhou is simply a freelance writer mostly covering UK quality for The Epoch Times.