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Can Joe Biden save the Good Friday agreement?

The Good Friday Agreement is an agreement that ended the political conflict in Northern Ireland that lasted from the 1960s until the 1990s. The agreement dealt with sovereignty, civil and cultural rights, demilitarisation, justice, policing and the establishment of a soft border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, allowing the free movement of goods and people. Two decades later, Northern Ireland, as part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, voted to leave the European Union, with the Republic of Ireland of course continuing as an EU member state. The Good Friday Agreement has played a large role in shaping Brexit negotiations, with preserving the Good Friday Agreement and therefore peace in Ireland being a central issue in the negotiation of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement (WA). Brexit negotiations took a harsh turn when Boris Johnson came to power, as he initially removed WA protections of a soft border in Ireland, and later put forward a bill to break international law in order to bypass treaty obligations to the EU concerning the Northern Ireland protocol of the WA. Many regard the UK government’s recent conduct in Brexit negotiations to put the Good Friday Agreement in jeopardy. The United States’ president elect, Joe Biden, has Irish roots and has vowed that any post-Brexit US/UK trade deal will depend on the protection of the Good Friday agreement, but will he be able to deliver on this? Can he actually help protect Irish peace during the struggling Brexit negotiations?
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The UK Parliament have already shown a disregard for international law and the Boris Johnson government is clearly open to risking people's safety to break legal agreements when it suits them, something they admitted to doing in September 2020. As the reality of the post-Brexit UK-EU trade deal is sinking in, the fact that it is coming with the imposition of border checks on certain goods between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, rioting and violence has broken out in Northern Ireland. Masked loyalists marching in the streets have already begun setting bins on fire and throwing molotov cocktails at police cars as the situation becomes increasingly precarious. It is seemingly too late for the President of another country to do anything about this mess when Boris Johnson has already been so heavy handed in his mishandled of the Good Friday Agreement during Brexit negotiations.

independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/northern-ireland-masked-loyalists-march-b1827142.html scotsman.com/news/politics/northern-ireland-riots-2021-why-has-there-been-violence-in-belfast-carrickfergus-and-derry-3189607 instituteforgovernment.org.uk/blog/breaking-international-law-peace-northern-ireland nbcnews.com/news/world/u-k-admits-it-could-break-international-law-over-brexit-n1239596 rt.com/uk/520193-northern-ireland-riots-police

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The UK Parliament have already shown a disregard for international law and the Boris Johnson government is clearly open to risking people's safety to break legal agreements when it suits them, something they admitted to doing in September 2020. As the reality of the post-Brexit UK-EU trade deal is sinking in, the fact that it is coming with the imposition of border checks on certain goods between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, rioting and violence has broken out in Northern Ireland. Masked loyalists marching in the streets have already begun setting bins on fire and throwing molotov cocktails at police cars as the situation becomes increasingly precarious. It is seemingly too late for the President of another country to do anything about this mess when Boris Johnson has already been so heavy handed in his mishandled of the Good Friday Agreement during Brexit negotiations.

Biden should keep out of Brexit negotiations

Joe Biden should keep out of Brexit negotiations, they have already been complicated enough, and Biden signalling his support for the EU amidst ongoing negotiations and pressuring the UK is not going help the delicate situation. Before coming to power Biden threatened that he will block an American trade deal with the UK if he wins the presidency, something that seems complete bluster as we have seen no signs of such a dramatic turn around. His comments were received badly by the majority of British conservatives with David Davis and Joy Morrissey criticising Biden, and Ian Duncan Smith telling him to “butt out”, while arch-brexiteer Nigel Farage claimed Biden was anti-British to make such statements.

breitbart.com/europe/2020/09/17/anti-british-joe-biden-interferes-in-brexit-talks-takes-eus-side thelondoneconomic.com/politics/iain-duncan-smith-tells-joe-biden-to-butt-out-of-brexit/10/11 thesun.co.uk/news/12758129/joe-biden-love-actually-us-brexit

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The Good Friday agreement is not in jeopardy

Britain’s Foreign Minister, Dominic Raab, has stated that the Good Friday agreement was not at risk from Brexit, vowing to resolve any issues with the European Union and to avoid a hard border anywhere in the UK. The UK government has shown complete willingness to work with the EU on this front, but at the end of the day it is the EU Withdrawal Agreement itself that breaks the Good Friday Agreement, and itself breaks the much older legislation of the 1800 Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland. Trade within the UK is much more important to both Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, so this will be likely be resolved moving forward. According to EU law specialist Martin Howe: “International law does not justify a later treaty to which these community representatives are not parties being used to over-ride the rights they enjoy under the earlier treaty, especially where it involves over-riding such a fundamental right as the right to self determination of the people of NI.” [1]

teletrader.com/raab-denies-good-friday-agreement-in-jeopardy/news/details/53244822?ts=1606967629234 nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/good-friday-accord-not-at-risk-british-foreign-minister-says facts4eu.org/news/2020_sep_eu_broke_gfa [1] telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/09/10/forget-foaming-indignation-brexit-bill-perfectly-justifiable

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Yes, US/UK trade depends on it

Even before being voted president elect, Biden tweeted that the Good Friday agreement cannot be left to become a “casualty” of Brexit, and it is likely to form his foreign policy toward the UK moving forward into his presidency. Biden has discussed the issues with Boris Johnson and other European leaders already, and it will likely be an issue that comes up again following his inauguration, as he has openly stated that he does not want to see a guarded border between the two Irish nations. Likewise Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the US House of Representatives, made a similar commitment to the Good Friday Agreement, previously stating that “if the UK violates its international agreements and Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be absolutely no chance of a US-UK trade agreement passing the Congress" [1].

news.sky.com/story/white-house-gives-approval-for-joe-biden-to-receive-presidents-daily-brief-12141413 [1] irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2020/09/17/news/joe-biden-warns-trade-deal-depends-on-british-government-s-respect-for-good-friday-agreement-2069844

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