If the UK violates its international agreements and Brexit undermines the Good Friday agreement, there will be absolutely no chance of a US-Britain trade deal going through Congress. It also states that the House of Representatives “will insist that all new or amended trade agreements and other bilateral agreements between the U.S. government and the U.K. government include conditions that require compliance with the obligations under the Good Friday Agreement.” “Ireland is one of the oldest and closest friends of the United States, and the Irish people have been an essential part of our nation`s fabric for well over a century. The United States played an important role in the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, an important achievement that has been largely responsible for relative peace over the past two decades. Unfortunately, recent events, including Brexit, have created uncertainty and jeopardized the agreement,” Suozzi said. I am pleased that all parties have so far agreed that a hard border is an unacceptable result and call for this position to be maintained. I thank my colleague Peter King and President Eliot Engel for supporting these multi-party efforts, which are becoming increasingly rare in our partisan and divided government here in the United States. Last month, a delegation representing citizens` and business leaders in Northern Ireland, as well as the ad hoc committee to protect the Good Friday Agreement, met with senior congressional officials amid lingering concerns about the direction of Brexit in Northern Ireland. The United States played an important role in the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, an important achievement that has been largely responsible for relative peace over the past two decades.
Unfortunately, recent events, including Brexit, have created uncertainty and jeopardized the agreement,” said Representative Suozzi. MP Richard Neal, a long-time spokesman for Irish interests, is part of this Irish leadership. He is chairman of the influential Ways and Means Committee in Congress, which will take into account all trade deals between the US and Britain after Brexit. He also recently reiterated his view that “any trade agreement between the United States and Great Britain must respect the Good Friday agreement.” King was nominated as a potential UUP candidate in the 2000 South Antrim by-election, but the party was instead David Burnside. In 2001, he was part of a group of members of the anti-agreement UUP, who met john de Chastelain of the Independent International Commission for Decommissioning.  The US Secretary of State recently accused Britain and its European allies of “partnering with the ayatollahs” to block new UN sanctions against Iran. Finally, it is necessary to re-emphasize and draw attention to the impact this problem could have on the United States and the United Kingdom. Bilateral relations that go beyond the broad bipartisan support of the people of Northern Ireland. Many in the United States and Congress are looking at issues of the Good Friday Agreement and a possible American Britain. Free trade agreements are inseparable. We agree with the position set out by U.S. House of Representatives spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, who said only this month that the U.S.
Congress would not support a free trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom if the United Kingdom does not preserve the gains of the Good Friday Agreement and the broader peace process.