Nancy Pelosi restates opposition to trans-Atlantic trade deal if Brexit harms the Good Friday Agreement

Nancy Pelosi visiting the border at Bridgend in Co-Donegal in April. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi has said there will be "no chance" of US-UK trade deal if Brexit compromises the Good Friday Agreement.

Ms Pelosi, who made a similar pronouncement in April during a visit to Ireland, was speaking after senior White House aide John Bolton claimed Britain would be "first in line" for a post-Brexit trade deal with the US.

The Irish News reported yesterday how James Walsh, the co-chair of Washington's Ad Hoc Committee to Protect the Good Friday Agreement, again stressed that Congress would not endorse a trade deal if the accord was jeopardised by Brexit.

"If Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be no chance of a US-UK trade agreement passing the Congress," Ms Pelosi said.

"The peace of the Good Friday Agreement is treasured by the American people and will be fiercely defended on a bicameral and bipartisan basis in the United States Congress."

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