US President elect Joe Biden [photo: CNN]
Nov, 25th 2020 – The guarded border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland may be abolished as a directive from President-elect Joe Biden.
This is owing to the fact that a lot of hard work has been taken to end the decades of conflict on the island of Ireland. In a call with the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier in the month, Biden stressed on the importance of protecting Northern Ireland’s peace deal in the Brexit process.
Meanwhile the UK government has threatened to overrule the Brexit withdrawal agreement which committed it to keeping the border open. In September, Johnson put a legislation that could break the Northern Ireland protocol of the Brexit divorce treaty which seeks to avoid a physical customs border between the British province and EU-member Ireland.
Johnson’s governmenty is seeking a trade deal with the European Union but also willing to leave without one. Biden said that any UK-US post-Brexit trade deal has to be contingent on the respect for Good Friday Agreement.
Biden speaking to journalists in Wilmington, Delaware emphasized that the border must be open. He said, “We do not want a guarded border. We’ve worked too long to get Ireland worked out. The idea of having a border north and south once again being closed is just not right, we’ve just got to keep the border open.”
Ursula Von der Leyen, President of the EU Commission last week said that progress had been made on the issues but still some metres to the finish line to reach agreement.