SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MP has welcomed US President-Elect Joe Biden’s commitment to opposing the return of a hard border in Ireland.
The Foyle MP, who has met with US political leaders about the impact of Brexit on the Good Friday Agreement and the Irish border, said that the British Government should urgently change course.
Colum Eastwood MP said:
“President-Elect Biden is again demonstrating that protecting the Good Friday Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border in Ireland is front and centre of US foreign policy considerations. The SDLP has been meeting with key congressional leaders on these issues and it’s clear that both the Biden-Harris administration and Congress are in lock step in their determination to protect the progress we’ve made over the last twenty years.
“The British Government should realise by now that these are no empty threats and that their brinkmanship over the Ireland protocol will cost them a trade deal with the United States. No one wants to be in that position.
“Boris Johnson’s government should drop the clauses of the Internal Market Bill that threaten the progress we’ve made and return to good-faith negotiations with the European Union that respect the primacy of peace and political progress in Northern Ireland.
“The SDLP will continue to work at Westminster, in the Assembly and with congressional leaders in Washington D.C. to secure the best outcome for the people of Ireland.”