Brexit trouble overshadows Biden and Johnson's first meeting
June 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Boris Johnson's star turn on the world stage has already been undermined by his previous greatest accomplishment: Brexit.
The Times of London newspaper reported Wednesday that America's senior diplomat in Britain, on the orders of Biden, berated Johnson's chief Brexit negotiator, David Frost, for "inflaming" tensions on the island of Ireland.
But it is well-known that Biden is an opponent of any version of Brexit that undermines the peace in Ireland, and the President plans to press Johnson on the issue during their talks, other senior administration officials said.
The "Northern Ireland Protocol", which forms part of the UK-EU Brexit deal, chiefly seeks to prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
In March, the EU launched legal action against the UK over London's unilateral attempts to extend the Brexit grace period on food imports to Northern Ireland.
Back in September before he won the presidency, Biden warned that the Good Friday Agreement could not "become a casualty of Brexit," and said that any UK-US trade deal, touted by many as the most significant outcome of leaving the EU, "must be contingent upon respect for the agreement and preventing the return of a hard border.