|Boris Johnson and Joe Biden met in the Oval Office. (Photo by=PA Media)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] President Joe Biden has again warned that peace in Northern Ireland mustn’t be jeopardized as a result of complications caused by Brexit. BBC reported that Mr. Biden was speaking at the start of talks in Washington with Boris Johnson.
He added that he had concerns about the Irish border, amid continuing issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol. Mr. Johnson said they’re at one on the issue and that nobody wanted to see anything that would interrupt or imbalance the Good Friday Agreement. The protocol keeps Northern Ireland aligned with the EU's single market for goods to ensure free trade across the Irish border.
However, it has led to additional checks on goods being traded across the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which has drawn criticism and protests from unionist politicians in Northern Ireland who have called for it to be scrapped. The UK wants a fundamental renegotiation of the protocol but the EU has said that is not possible, although it is prepared to consider additional flexibilities. Earlier this year, the president warned that the UK-EU dispute over border controls shouldn’t risk the peace process in Northern Ireland. A UK government spokesperson said its priority was still getting a deal with the US alone.