US warns Truss against making unilateral changes to Brexit deal

The United States is warning new British Prime Minister Liz Truss against making unilateral changes to the Brexit treaty with the European Union. US government spokeswoman Karen-Jean-Pierre said yesterday that any attempt to undermine the Northern Ireland agreement would negatively affect trade talks between the UK and the US. When she was Secretary of State, Truss pushed ahead with legislation designed to repeal the Northern Ireland Protocol.

The British government negotiated the Northern Ireland Protocol itself as part of its exit from the European Union. It sets out special customs rules for Northern Ireland in order to keep the sensitive border between the British Territory and the state of Ireland in the European Union open – as well as to prevent conflict in Northern Ireland from erupting again. However, the agreement created a de facto customs border in the Irish Sea, separating Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom. This led, among other things, to problems with delivery and also to great discontent in Great Britain.

Calls with Schulz and Biden

The Act amending the Northern Ireland Protocol removed a first parliamentary hurdle with a vote in the House of Commons at the end of June. In addition to the tax changes and the labeling system for goods, the law also states that the European Court of Justice is no longer responsible for disputes related to the implementation of Britain’s exit from the European Union. The European Union is highly critical of the project and threatens to go to the European Court of Justice.

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In a phone call with German Chancellor Olaf Schulz last night, Truss pushed for a solution to the dispute over the Northern Ireland Protocol. The day before, US President Joe Biden in a phone call with Truss, according to the president’s office, insisted on maintaining peace in Northern Ireland and negotiating a compromise with the European Union.

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