Trump's Northern Ireland envoy issues border warning - FT

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Ursula von der Leyen, the EC President said that the chances for the Brexit deal are fading every day with little time left to put the deal in place.

The warnings come as US negotiators in the Trump administration wrap up a fourth round of trade talks with their British counterparts in Washington this week.

Referring to the peace treaty signed by London, Dublin and Northern Ireland politicians in 1998, Mr Mulvaney included: "The Trump administration, State department and the US Congress would all be aligned in the desire to see the Good Friday Agreement preserved to see the lack of a border maintained".

At issue is the latest bit of Brexit brinksmanship from Westminster, in which the British House of Commons on Monday passed the so-called Internal Market Bill, in direct violation of its EU Withdrawal Agreement.

Speaking after No 10's deal with Tory MPs was announced, shadow business secretary Ed Miliband said: "This does not fix the problem of breaking the law, damaging our reputation around the world and damaging our future prosperity".

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, said in her State of the Union address: "It can not be unilaterally changed, disregarded". Last week, Johnson said that the sides will have to agree on a free trade deal until 15 October and if not, both sides will have to "move on" without one.

The two sides are trying to secure a deal before the end of the transition period on 31 December, which will see the United Kingdom going onto generic World Trade Organisation rules if no agreement is reached. "This is a matter of law and trust and good faith". The EC President further added that the bloc would never backtrack on Britain's divorce deal that was negotiated after three years, as it was saving the subtle peace on Ireland from the consequences arising out of Brexit.

The UK are set to leave the European Union with or without a deal by the end of the year and Prime Minister Johnson has stated if an agreement is not made by the middle of next month both sides might as well walk away.

"Our commitment to the Good Friday Agreement and to avoid any extra infrastructure at the border between the north and the south is absolute", he said at a press conference in Washington, alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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"We know the complexity of the situation", Pompeo said.

JOE Biden, with his defence of the Northern Ireland peace accord, has issued a warning to Britain over Brexit and support for a European Union bruised by Donald Trump while making it clear he would preside over the Atlantic alliance.

The letter urged Johnson to abandon the unfair endeavours to defy the Northern Ireland protocol of the withdrawal agreement that could be potentially questioned.

Mr Biden, who leads Donald Trump in the polls ahead of November's election, tweeted: 'Any trade deal between the United States and UK must be contingent upon respect for the Good Friday Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border.

Trying to ease USA fears of renewed tension in Ireland, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Thursday said his government has given an "absolute unconditional commitment" that there will be no "hard border" dividing Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland when Britain exits the European Union. It is to be recalled that Pelosi had cautioned that the US-UK trade deal could suffer if Britain moves against the global trade treaty.

We don't need lectures on the Northern Ireland peace deal from presidential candidate @JoeBiden.

Pelosi released a statement after the visit.

The legislation has also proved controversial with the devolved administrations, which are concerned about how the UK's "internal market" will operate post-Brexit and who will set regulations and standards.

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