US President Joe Biden has stressed the importance of the Northern Ireland protocol and maintaining peace during a meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Biden warned against the return to a closed border on the island of Ireland.
“We spent an enormous amount of time and effort, the United States, it was a major bipartisan effort made.”
“And I would not at all like to see, nor I might add would many of my Republican colleagues like to see, a change in the Irish accords, the end result having a closed border in Ireland.”
Biden also expressed the importance of the Northern Ireland protocol to him personally.
The US President then went on to downplay a potential trade deal with the UK when asked by reporters.
Biden said that a trade deal with the UK is currently in discussion.
“We’re going to talk a little bit about trade today and we’re going to have to work that through.”
When asked if he could secure a trade deal with the US by 2024, Johnson said: “We will keep going with free trade deals around the world including in the United States.”
“I have plenty of reason to be optimistic about that. But the Americans do negotiate very hard.”
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