The newly elected US president Joe Biden has warned Boris Johnson of the possible consequences of his Brexit plans. He said that he is against a hard border between Ireland and the United Kingdom and that he has already discussed this matter with the British Prime Minister.
Biden was asked by American journalists what he would say to the Brexit negotiators and he replied: “We do not want a secure border.”
“We want to make sure that this does not happen. We have worked too hard to find a good solution to the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. We must not reverse that,” said Biden.
“I have spoken to several parties, including the British Prime Minister, The Irish prime minister and the French government. The idea of closing this border again is simply not good. We need to keep this line open.”
No deal-Brexit still has an option and Biden doesn’t like it
Biden, who often refers to his Irish origins, was concerned that the Brexit negotiations might fail. A no deal-Brexit would mean a formal border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.
The negotiations between Brussels and London are in full swing and could be concluded in the short term, but EU and UK officials have warned that the option of a no deal Brexit is still on the table.
Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, said last week that thorny issues such as fishing rights and the so-called level playing field in state aid for businesses have yet to be resolved. That indicates that no deal remains a serious option.
The upcoming American president publicly criticised Johnson’s Brexit plans earlier this year. His party members would also be concerned about a law that Johnson is still trying to get through parliament and that could undermine the Good Friday Agreement.
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“We cannot allow the Good Friday Agreement, which brought peace to Northern Ireland, to fall victim to the Brexit,” tweeted Biden on 16 september. “Any trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom must be based on compliance with the agreement and on preventing the return of a hard border to the island of Ireland. Point.”
The recent statements by Biden underline the great differences between president Donald Trump and the Democratic politician when it comes to the Brexit.
While Trump is very positive about the Brexit, Biden is strongly opposed to the idea of secession from the European Union. Tony Blinken, the proposed new US Secretary of State, also spoke out against the Brexit and called it a “total mess” last year.