Delegation of influential US congressmen to fly to London in days amid rising concerns in White House on Rising Tensions over Northern Ireland protocol can reveal the Guardian.
with UK government ready to discuss legislation next a week that can withdraw parts of in protocol arrangements made for at least half a dozen representatives of the US Congress will fly to Europe for a series of meetings in Brussels, Dublin, London and Belfast.
The delegation will be led by an influential chairman of Ways and Means Committee, Richie Neal, who has significant power over future trade deals.
Anthony Blinken, USA secretary of The state has previously said the US intends to appoint its own envoy to Northern Ireland.
Neil, whose interest in Northern Ireland stretches over three decades, said earlier this year This trade the deal was “desirable”, but not progress if there was “any danger” to the Good Friday agreement.
The delegation is likely to highlight President Biden’s commitment to defending the Good Friday Agreement and role as a guarantor. He repeatedly emphasized how integral protocol is to maintain peace and stability.
” best path forward is pragmatic one it takes courage, cooperation and leadership,” the White House spokesman said. of UK dispute with EU.
Boris Johnson expected give speech like soon like monday on in future of in protocol following exchanges between foreign secretary Liz Truss and European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, who was described by a UK source as “impertinent”.
In a phone call, Truss said that if the EU did not show the “necessary flexibility”, in negotiation over in trading arrangements, she would have “no choice but to act.”
johnson, who negotiated protocol as part of Brexit deal strongly supported by Truss on Thursday, saying “institutions set up do not function according to the Good Friday Agreement” and the political department in Northern Ireland collapsed.
” people of Northern Ireland need leadership, they need regional, provincial government … they don’t have that,” Johnson said after a discussion of in strategy with cabinet ministers.
“This is real problem. And reason they don’t have it because they have one community in Northern Ireland that won’t take way in protocol is currently working – we must fix that.”
The UK sent Johnson’s close associate Conor Burns as an envoy. on in protocol to talk to senior numbers in Washington over well of week, including a meeting with special Northern Ireland committee of congressmen on Friday.
Both Truss and Burns argued that the talks had reached a breaking point because of dead end in Stormont where the Democratic Unionist party said he would not re-enter the Northern Ireland Executive until problems with in protocol remain.
On Thursday Truss and Šefčović spoke for in first time since it became known that the UK is considering introducing a bill to unilaterally abolish part of in trading orders.
The confrontation between them tests the wider relationship with EU at a time when “big things” like Finland joining NATO, happening, Ireland Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, said on Thursday.
United Kingdom government the source said that Truss claimed that the lack of of current leader in Northern Ireland was key a security issue that deserves an answer.
Liz’s main concern in all of this is respect for the Belfast Good Friday Agreement,” they said. ” protocol is the main cause of political instability – violation trade and creating two-level system where people in Northern Ireland is treated differently than the rest of United Kingdom. So what is it clear and obviously we need replace broken parts.
“If the EU won’t help us do it and show more pragmatism, then we will have to take measures that will solve these problems. It would be very in disappointment, not anger.”
David McAllister, German centre-right MEP who chairs European parliamentcoordination of the UK group said that the EU was united against revision protocol.
” protocol was signed and ratified by both parties. Nobody here in Brussels is interested in starting from these new complicated discussions and political battles,” he said.
Truss said she told Shefcovic protocol was the “greatest obstacle” to the formation new Chief Executive of Northern Ireland after last weekly elections. No more plans for couple talk.
Šefčović told her that “there is no way to expand the negotiating mandate or introduce new suggestions reduce general level of trade fantastic,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. government called it a business of “regret” that the EU “does not show necessary flexibility for help solve these questions…then how responsible government, we would have no choice but to act.”
Sefcovic said he stayed of “Seriously concerned that the UK government intends to start on in path of unilateral action. He said the EU is still waiting for UK response to proposals made in February. “We have made clear what is the potential for further exploration in our suggestions,” he said.
“Unilateral actions that actually disable international an agreement such as protocol is simply unacceptable.”