There will be no chance of a U.S.-U.K. trade deal if Brexit puts at risk the 1998 peace accord between Ireland and Northern Ireland, U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday.
“We must ensure that nothing happens in the Brexit discussions that imperils the Good Friday accord, including but not limited to the seamless border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland,” Pelosi told the Irish parliament, according to the Irish Times.
“If the Brexit deal undermines the accord, there will be no chance of a U.S.-U.K. agreement.”
Some fear a potential hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit could threaten to provoke a return to the violence seen before the Good Friday Agreement.
Pelosi, a Democract, echoed remarks in 2016 by then U.S. President Barack Obama, who said before the referendum on leaving the EU that the U.K. would have to go to the “back of the queue” for a U.S. trade deal if it voted for Brexit.
Current President Donald Trump has promised a “big trade deal” with the U.K. after Brexit.
Pelosi, who was welcomed by the Irish assembly with a standing ovation, praised the peace progress that has…