In a pointed intervention, the Democratic Party nominee for the White House stated any commerce deal between the US and UK have to be contingent upon respect for the settlement.
It got here as Prime Minister Boris Johnson confronted concerted opposition to Government strikes that may override the divorce deal with Brussels relating to commerce with Northern Ireland.
As Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab was visiting Washington DC to debate the problem, former vice chairman Mr Biden stated: “We cannot permit the Good Friday Agreement that introduced peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit.
He added: ”Any commerce deal between the US and UK have to be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and stopping the return of a tough border. Period.”
Mr Biden’s feedback got here as Mr Johnson noticed the resignation of a senior legislation officer, Lord Keen, as he was pressured right into a compromise over controversial plans to interrupt worldwide legislation by overriding the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement (WA).
Mr Biden’s remarks echoed these of Democratic Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
Ahead of a gathering with Ms Pelosi, Mr Raab accused Brussels of the “politicisation” of Northern Ireland points in the context of Brexit commerce talks. He stated the EU stance threatened the Good Friday Agreement.
Mr Raab stated he had made clear the UK has an “absolute” dedication to the Good Friday Agreement.
“It is a great opportunity to be clear that the threat to the Good Friday Agreement as it is reflected in the Northern Ireland protocol comes from the EU’s politicisation of the issue, and to be clear on how that has happened and why that has happened,” he stated following talks with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo.
“The UK motion right here is defensive in relation to what the EU is doing, it’s precautionary, we’ve not performed any of this but, and it’s proportionate.
“What we cannot have is the EU searching for to erect a regulatory border down the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and Britain, Mr Raab added.
Ms Pelosi has warned Congress would by no means go a free commerce settlement with the UK if laws to override the Brexit divorce settlement was to “imperil” the peace course of.
The Government will desk an modification to the UK Internal Market Bill, giving MPs a vote earlier than it could use powers which might breach the deal brokered with Brussels final 12 months.
Around 30 Tory rebels have been regarded as getting ready to vote for an modification on Tuesday which might have required a Commons vote earlier than the provisions in the Bill regarding Northern Ireland might come into drive.
Downing Street relented and introduced in a joint assertion with Conservative MPs Sir Bob Neill and Damian Green that it could search to amend the Bill to require the Commons to vote earlier than a minister can use the “notwithstanding” powers contained inside it.
The assertion stated: “Following constructive talks over the previous couple of days, the Government has agreed to desk an modification for Committee Stage.
“This modification would require the House of Commons to vote for a movement earlier than a minister can use the ‘however’ powers contained in the UK Internal Market Bill.”
It got here after the Government’s prime legislation officer for Scotland resigned amid stories he was sad in regards to the plans to override the Withdrawal Agreement.
Lord Keen of Elie QC, the Advocate General, tendered his resignation to the Prime Minister on Wednesday morning.