Brexit: Biden's election could hold up UK-US trade deal, says environment secretary – UK politics live

I think perhaps it does. Joe Biden is a real friend of Ireland. He describes his life as being shaped entirely by his roots in Ireland.

He’s somebody who, in the middle of this presidential campaign, has taken the time to make a very clear statement in relation to Ireland, the need to protect the Good Friday Agreement and the need to prevent a hard border at any point in the future linked to to Brexit policy and Brexit negotiations.

He’s been very clear that Ireland and peace on this island, north and south, is very important to him.

I think now that Joe Biden is going to be the next president of the United States, I certainly think that will be pause for thought in Number 10, to ensure that that the Irish issues are prioritised as we try to close out this phase of the Brexit negotiation.


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