Nancy Pelosi threatens to torpedo US-UK post-Brexit free trade deal



There is no chance that a trade agreement between the United States and Britain will pass Congress if Brexit undermines the Good Friday peace accord between Ireland and Northern Ireland, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday.

‘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,’ Pelosi said in a statement.

‘If Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be no chance of a U.S.-UK trade agreement passing the Congress,’ the Democratic head of the U.S. House of Representatives added, first reported by Politico.

The Trump administration is negotiating a free trade deal with Britain that would go into effect after it completes its exit from European Union. The departure is scheduled for Oct. 31.


But any agreement would have to pass the U.S. Congress, which is split between Democrats in the House and President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans in the Senate.

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says she will torpedo a post-Brexit free trade deal between the United States and the United Kingdom if it affects the open border between Ireland and Northern Ireland

John Bolton, Donald Trump’s national security adviser pictured meeting Sajid Javid in Downing Street today, told journalists yesterday the U.S. could pursue ‘sector-by-sector’ trade deals with Britain

President Trump could find Pelosi’s ultimatum troubling as he pushes for a trade deal designed to support British conservatives’ desire to exit the European Union


U.S. national security adviser John Bolton, visiting London this week, said that Washington would enthusiastically support a no-deal Brexit if that is what the British government decided to do and that a trade deal with the United States would help cushion the blow of Britain’s departure from the EU.

A Washington official told reporters today that during a meeting in London, Bolton and British Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid had discussed the possibility of a temporary trade agreement that covered all sectors and could last for something like six months.

The official said Bolton and Trade Secretary Liz Truss had discussed the possibility of the two countries’ leaders signing a road map declaration toward a trade deal at this month’s G7 summit meeting in France. 

It came after Mr Bolton claimed the US and UK are on course to have an ‘unprecedented partnership’ as both sides eye a mutually beneficial post-Brexittrade deal. 

He has delivered repeated boosts to Boris Johnson’s premiership during a two day visit to the UK.    


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