Today, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States of America, told the Irish parliament that the United States Congress stands with Ireland as it faces the challenges that are posed by Brexit. She also warned that the “seamless border” in Northern Ireland must remain.
Once again, Pelosi said that there would be “no chance” of a US–UK trade agreement if the Brexit deal undermined the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.”
She noted: “Know that the United States Congress — Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate — stand with you, especially now as the first generation born into the hope of Good Friday enter adulthood knowing peace. We cannot jeopardise that.”
The Good Friday Agreement was ushered in 20 years of relative stability in Northern Ireland. The process that ultimately led to its signing was chaired by George Mitchell, a former senator of the United States.
In the 30 years prior the signing of the agreement, clashes that were known simply as the Troubles, took the lives of more than 3,600 people.
Pelosi warned: “We must not and we will not allow that progress to be undermined.” She called the agreement a “beacon to the world.”
She stated: “On that holy day, the world saw the dawn of peace in Northern Ireland that few had dared to dream.”
She added: “We must ensure that nothing happens in the Brexit discussions that imperils the Good Friday accord, including — but not limited to — the seamless border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland.”
Pelosi also said that she supported the bid of Ireland for a seat on the United Nations Security council. She cited its strong record in opposing the spread of nuclear arms and in humanitarian missions and global peacekeeping.