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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warns Brexit could scupper transatlantic trade deal

There will be no trade deal between the U.K. and U.S. if Brexit tensions between Britain and the EU damage peace in Northern Ireland, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned Boris Johnson.

The leading Democrat told the Chatham House think tank during a visit to London that her comment was “not a threat, it’s a prediction.” Pelosi also met Johnson in Downing Street, just days before the prime minister is set to meet U.S. President Joe Biden in the White House.

London and Washington negotiated on a trade deal for about six months, but the talks were thrown into a deep freeze after the Biden administration won the 2020 election.

Relations between Britain and the U.S. soured further during the fraught withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan, and Johnson’s visit to the White House is being seen as an attempt to rekindle the relationship, which was given a boost this week with the launch of a strategic partnership between the U.S., U.K. and Australia.

But Biden is a close watcher of the Brexit process, and remains concerned that long-standing issues over the Northern Ireland protocol, which governs trade between the nation and Great Britain to protect the EU single market, could have an impact on the Good Friday Agreement that secured peace on the island of Ireland.

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