No Post-Brexit deal with Washington DC if article 16 is triggered according to Nancy Pelosi

In response to a previous storey, a US administration official said on Thursday that the country’s inability to eliminate tariffs on UK steel and aluminium had nothing to do with worries about post-Brexit trade regulations impacting Northern Ireland.

In 2018, former US President Donald Trump imposed 25% and 10% tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from the European Union. The tariffs were removed in October of this year, but they remain in force due to Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

According to the Financial Times, trade discussions have come to a halt due to US congressional worries over British threats to postpone elements of the Brexit deal relating to Northern Ireland.

However, a US official who did not want to be identified contradicted that version, claiming there was no relationship between the difficulties and refusing to elaborate.

According to sources in the Biden administration, negotiations on the topic are underway. They are also concerned that a conflict between London and Brussels over the execution of the 2020 Brexit deal may jeopardise the Good Friday Agreement, which essentially ended three decades of bloodshed in Northern Ireland.

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi warned in September that if the Northern Ireland peace accord were broken, there would be no post-Brexit trade pact with Washington.

“I think it’s important not to conflate those two issues,” a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

“On steel tariffs, we are working closely with the Biden administration. It’s encouraging they are taking steps to de-escalate the issue, and we are very focused on agreeing a resolution that removes damaging tariffs,” He told reporters.

Northern Ireland’s reservations “will in no way affect the UK’s approach,” according to the UK’s trade department, since “significant changes” are required in the protocol that oversees goods flow into the province.

The Northern Ireland Protocol, which was accepted as part of the United Kingdom’s “Brexit” departure from the European Union, was established to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland.

It effectively preserves the UK-run territory in the EU’s customs union and single market for goods.