Leading British Brexit supporters have urged US President Joe Biden to abandon his plans to travel to Northern Ireland unless he is willing to put aside his anti-Brexit prejudices.
In his annual State of Brexit speech for the Bow Group, former Welsh Foreign Secretary Sir John Redwood MP said it was imperative for the American government to recognize that the Northern Ireland Protocol to the Brexit deal between the UK and the EU Northern Ireland is considered essentially cut off from the rest of the UK in terms of customs and regulations, is the key force damaging the Good Friday Peace Agreement.
“President Biden wants to come over and celebrate on the anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, but there will be nothing to celebrate unless Stormont meets again and functions,” said Sir John, Stormont being the slang name for the Northern Ireland regional government.
“As long as the EU continues with the gross misinterpretation of the protocol, it cannot do this.”
“You need to understand, as we do on the American side of the Atlantic, that it is protocol that is damaging to the Good Friday Agreement,” Redwood said.
He said that if Democrats and President Biden “really want to help, they must understand the great damage done to the Good Friday Agreement by the EU’s misinterpretation and mishandling of the protocol.”
EXCLUSIVE: Bow Group Senior Patron Sir @johnredwood sets out what he expects from the government:
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Speaking to Breitbart London, Bow Group Chairman Ben Harris-Quinney said: “Like Obama and Pelosi before him, Biden and the US Democrats have sought to outrageously interfere in the Brexit process and in our national governance.
“Britain has never had a greater ally in support of Brexit than Trump or a greater enemy in defeat than Biden. When Biden threatens to cancel his state visit to the UK if we don’t comply with the NI protocol, that sounds like the first trade deal he’s proposing we can get through,” he joked.
“We accept your terms, Joe. Stay at home and focus on your own country, your interference is not welcome here.”
Much like his old boss, former President Barack Obama, who shamefully intervened ahead of the Brexit referendum to warn Brits that they would be “back in line” on a trade deal should they opt out vote in the European Union, Biden has consistently spoken out against Brexit.
He has apparently heeded Obama’s threat, having so far turned down all major talks over a possible trade deal between the UK and America.
The American President is often accused of anti-British prejudice, stressing his Irish origins and downplaying the fact that he is also likely to have English roots.
In his first phone call with newly appointed British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, President Joe Biden appears to have once again urged Britain to sell itself on Brexit. https://t.co/ok1bIoHt3O
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Biden has consistently sided with the European Union on the Northern Ireland Protocol in particular.
The protocol was part of the Brexit deal negotiated by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, under which Northern Ireland was effectively cut off from the rest of the UK by internal trade barriers imposed by the European Union, which has been accused of imposing excessive tariff controls on other border crossings, to punish the British for Brexit.
This has led to widespread anger among pro-British Unionists in the province and has left the status of regional government in limbo as politicians have been unable to form a government.
Ironically, despite Biden’s persistent claims that trying to renegotiate the protocol would endanger the peace, he appeared less concerned when the EU attempted to unilaterally impose a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to curb vaccine shipments to the United States to stop the UK – something the EU and its supporters were unthinkable about during the Brexit referendum and subsequent exit negotiations.
More recently, the Biden government has been criticized for appointing former Joe Kennedy, grandnephew of Irish-born US President John F Kennedy and controversial US Senator Ted Kennedy, as special envoy to the British nation.
The move has been criticized by Brexiteers for Kennedy’s apparent bias on the issue, as Kennedy previously worked for a pro-Irish American lobby firm lobbying in Washington for the EU’s position on the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Still, Sir John Redwood said that despite the efforts of the United States, the European Union and indeed EU loyalists at home, the Brexit movement is in a strong position, saying: “It turns out anyway that our trade outside the EU is fine, as we imagined.”
However, Margaret Thatcher’s former political adviser added that the current Conservative government could do more to use the newfound Brexit freedoms to the country’s advantage.
“Taking back control is about using the freedoms you have gained. So I’m impatient for the government to do more,” he said, highlighting agriculture, fisheries and power generation as potential growth sectors.
“We need to move forward and make more of the changes that would be good for business and life in Britain.”
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