Nancy Pelosi seems to have joined in with Biden’s relentless attack on Great Britain as she sided with Irish, socialist and pro-republic party, Sinn Fein yesterday to issue the Brits with a warning.
During her meeting with the radical Irish party, which is known for its often extreme, anti-British stance, Pelosi agreed to a “no trade deal with Britain” policy pact should Britain scrap the Northern Ireland Protocol as part of its split with the European Union.
The Protocol prevents a hard border between Northern Ireland, which remains part of Great Britain and has therefore left the EU, and Southern Ireland which remains an EU member.
It has been a point of continuous debate during the course of Brexit, with Conservative politicians suggesting an electronic number plate recognition system to prevent the need for physical checks and a ‘Trusted Trader’ scheme for those transporting goods.
In 2019, prime minister Boris Johnson proposed that Northern Ireland – which overwhelming voted to remain in the EU – should remain part of the EU’s custom rules to avoid a hard border within the country, and many Brexiteers have pointed out that the EU’s border rules, including hard borders with non-member states, are down to it, not Britain.
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Meanwhile, Pelosi met with Sinn Fein vice president, Michelle O’Neil yesterday to discuss these ongoing issues. During the course of the meeting, Pelosi said the US would not do any trade deal with Britain if it “undermined the Good Friday (Protocol) Agreement)”.
After the meeting, O’Neil proudly posted a photograph of herself with Pelosi, Tweeting:
“As I get ready to head back to Ireland, it was a great pleasure to meet up with the most influential woman on Capitol Hill, Speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi.
— Sinn Féin (@sinnfeinireland) April 18, 2019
“Nancy restated her position, There will be no trade deal with Britain if they undermine the Good Friday Agreement.”
It comes as the British parliament passed the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill on Wednesday, which was endorsed by Brexiteer, Boris Johnson.
The bill “ensures the delicate balance of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement is protected in all its dimensions and provides robust safeguards for the European Union (EU) single market.
“This is a reasonable, practical solution to the problems facing Northern Ireland. It will safeguard the EU Single Market and ensure there is no hard border on the island of Ireland,” it reads.
Pelosi’s anti-British stance comes after Joe Biden’s numerous digs at the nation which Winston Churchill once said has a “special relationship” with the US.
During his trip to the Middle East earlier this month, Biden insensitively compared Israel’s conflict with Palestine to Britain’s historically rocky relationship with Ireland:
“The background of my family is Irish American. And we have a long history not fundamentally unlike the Palestinian people, with Great Britain and their attitude toward Irish Catholics over the years for 400 years,” said the president.
‘I feel very strongly about the protocols’
Joe Biden is asked about the Irish protocols and said he doesn’t want to see any changes to the border on the Island of Ireland. pic.twitter.com/1PwXrjJOhj
— GB News (@GBNEWS) September 21, 2021
At the start of his presidency, Biden also removed a bust of war-time leader Winston Churchill from the Oval Office, replacing it with busts of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. The bust had been a gift from the British Embassy and sat in Trump’s Oval Office during his time as president.
The anti-British president also rudely snubbed a reporter from the BBC during his presidential election campaign in 2020.
“A quick word for the BBC,” said the reporter, following a speech by Biden in Iowa in 2020, to which Biden snapped, “The BBC? I’m Irish”, before walking away.