Forget the USA! Biden blasted by furious Britons over Brexit intervention

Brexit: Lord Frost hits out at EU over Northern Ireland Protocol

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This follows a statement released on the US Government’s Foreign Affairs Committee website, in which they responded to “the United Kingdom’s threats to suspend the Northern Ireland Protocol of the EU withdrawal agreement.” The press release read: “The Northern Ireland Protocol was a significant achievement during the volatile Brexit process, and its full implementation is critical for ensuring Brexit doesn’t undermine decades of progress toward peace on the island of Ireland.

“The Good Friday Agreement and broader peace process took patience and time to build, with good faith contributions from the communities in Northern Ireland, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and others.

“However, peace can unravel quickly.

“In threatening to invoke Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, the United Kingdom threatens to not only destabilize trade relations but also that hard-earned peace.

“We call on the UK to abandon this dangerous path, and to commit to implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol in full.”

Brexit Secretary, Lord David Frost, had previously warned the EU that triggering Article 16 could be the “only option” if talks continued to stall.

Addressing the House of Lords, he urged EU negotiators to “stay calm and keep things in proportion.”

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has backed up the words of Lord Frost, calling Article 16 a “safety mechanism” in any potential trade war with the EU.

The EU hit back at the looming possibility of suspending the Northern Ireland Protocol, with EU Commission Vice-President, Maros Sefcovic, saying last week: “Let there be no doubt that triggering Article 16 – to seek the renegotiation of the Protocol – would have serious consequences.”

The US had previously waded into the heated NI Protocol debate as EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told her over 660,000 Twitter followers that the US President agreed with the EU over Article 16.

After a visit to the White House, Ms von der Leyen posted: Writing on Twitter, the ex-German Defence Minister said: “President Biden and I agreed on the need to preserve peace and stability on the island of Island.

“We agree that the Withdrawal Agreement and the Protocol should be implemented.”

One reader, Jimbo47, commented following the Foreign Affairs Committee’s statement: “Very difficult to take anything Joe Biden says without a big pinch of salt.”

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“What drove him was American domestic politics, only.”

Margaretfan wrote: “Biden needs to keep his snout out of British business.”

Merlin1966 added: “The UK is sovereign and independent which means it doesn’t take orders off any nation. Including the US.”

Another reader argued: “Forget the USA.

“They can’t even manage their own borders.

“We trade with them on WTO today.

“If we invoke A16, we will trade with the on WTO tomorrow.

“After Afghanistan, they have proved themselves unreliable, and as for being allies….

“Do you realise that we only finished paying the USA for their “support” in WW2 in 2006?

“Have we billed them for any of our military support?”

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