As the United Kingdom comes closer to the October 31st deadline for leaving the European Union, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently injected herself into the furor by warning there will be no future trade agreement between the U.S. and the UK if Brexit endangers the peace and the borders between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland.
“Whatever form it takes, Brexit cannot be allowed to imperil the ‘Good Friday Agreement,’ including the seamless border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland,” declared a strongly-worded statement from Pelosi’s office.
Echoing a theme often voiced by Brexit enemies in the UK, the speaker said this issue was especially critical now “as the first generation born into the hope of Good Friday 21 years ago comes into adulthood. We cannot go back.”
“Nancy’s nonsense,” is how a top Brexit proponent branded that statement and Pelosi’s subsequent vow that “there will be no chance of a U.S.-U.K trade agreement passing the Congress” if Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord.
“This is just rehashing arguments that have been made by opponents of Brexit back home that ‘Good Friday’ will somehow be compromised by Brexit and they just aren’t true,” Alexandra Phillips, a British Brexit Party Member of the European Parliament (MEP) told Newsmax during a trip to Washington Friday, “The lady [Pelosi] has no idea what she’s talking about.”
Phillips, considered a close associate of Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, explained that the border between the two Irelands “already exists, and they are really no different in terms of customs duties as the borders between Canada and the U.S.”
She added that “the existing technologies would solve any differences in customs that emerge from the UK leaving the EU.”
“No infrastructure would be required at all,” she emphasized, “Customs changes require neither chicken wire nor Checkpoint Charlie.”
In dismissing the warnings of Brexit endangering the Good Friday accord or the borders between the Irelands, Phillips echoed a view expressed by the man who helped negotiate the accord: Lord David Trimble, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for helping to bring peace to Northern Ireland.
In an article co-written with former Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) leader Roderick Crawford that appeared Saturday in the “Conservative Home,” Trimble said that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to preserve post-Brexit Northern Ireland is superior to the so-called “Irish Backstop” plan put forward by the EU.
"There is little doubt that these new UK proposals do meet, in full, the original objectives set by the EU,” wrote Trimble and Crawford, “and that they make a better job of negotiating the trade-offs required …..than the current backstop," .
Under the “backstop” agreement, the post-Brexit UK would enter a “single customs territory” with the EU. But Northern Ireland alone would be subjected to separate regulations for goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK.
“Irish backstab” is how Alexandra Phillips succinctly dubbed the EU’s plan.
“We know that Brexit has friends in the U.S. who are watching the situation,” she told us, “and we need them to stop watching passively and speak out.”
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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