At his first meeting with Boris Johnson, Joe Biden is expected to ratchet up the pressure on Northern Ireland Brexit conditions.
When the two meet on Thursday, Joe Biden will urge Boris Johnson that the fight over Northern Ireland’s Brexit arrangements must not jeopardize the Good Friday Agreement.
According to sources, Trump would emphasize the need of “standing behind” the Northern Ireland Protocol, a component of the Brexit deal that has sparked a dispute between the UK and the EU.
The controversy has threatened to overshadow the Prime Minister’s first meeting with the president and his hosting of the G7 conference in Cornwall, which starts on Friday.
Apart from Brexit, Mr Johnson and Mr Biden will work on resuming transatlantic travel and agreeing on a new Atlantic Charter that will pave the way for cooperation on issues such as climate change and security.
However, given Mr Biden’s keen interest in Irish matters, the protocol controversy will figure prominently in conversations with the UK and the European Union in the next days of intense diplomatic action in Cornwall.
The New York Times stated that Trump, who is quite proud of his Irish heritage, went so far as to urge Yael Lempert, the US’s top diplomat in London, to issue a demarche — a formal protest – in a meeting with Brexit minister Lord Frost on June 3.
“Lempert hinted that the UK had been inflaming the rhetoric, by asking if he would keep it ‘cool,” according to Government minutes of the discussion, according to the newspaper.
Mr Biden would ensure that if Mr Johnson accepted requests to follow EU laws on agricultural standards, it would not “negatively impair the chances of completing a US/UK free trade deal,” according to the US charge d’affaires.
On Wednesday, talks between Brexit minister Lord Frost and Maros Sefcovic of the European Commission failed to produce a breakthrough on the protocol.
The EU has threatened to begin a trade war if Britain fails to establish checks on goods entering Northern Ireland in accordance with the conditions of the Brexit “divorce” agreement negotiated by Mr Johnson.
Lord Frost refused to rule out the possibility of the United Kingdom succeeding. (This is a brief piece.)