Schumer joins Pelosi in opposition to post-Brexit trade deal that risks Northern Ireland accord

Schumer joins Pelosi in opposition to post-Brexit trade deal that risks Northern Ireland accord
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday vowed to oppose any post-Brexit trade deal with the United Kingdom that would risk Northern Ireland's peaceful status quo with Ireland.

In a letter to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBolton replacement inherits tough challenges — including Trump Saudi Arabia says it will take 'appropriate' action if Iran's role in attacks confirmed Clarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump MORE, Schumer praised the Good Friday Agreement between Ireland and the U.K. as a "towering achievement of diplomacy and it planted the seeds of a society based on mutual respect and equality, rather than one based on distrust and discrimination."


The agreement, which created a free and demilitarized border between Ireland and Northern Ireland in 1998, ended the then-decades long Northern Ireland conflict.

Despite successfully maintaining the peace for more than two decades, the agreement is now threatened by the prospect of a British withdrawal from the European Union without a deal.

Exiting that way would likely require imposing a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Schumer joins Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTimeline: The Trump whistleblower complaint DC statehood push faces long odds despite record support Ukraine could badly damage both Donald Trump and the Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) in opposing any U.S.-U.K. trade deal that would threaten the Good Friday Agreement.

"In this, I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the bi-partisan, bi-cameral supporters of the Good Friday Agreement (and opponents of a return to a hard border), especially including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and will do all in my power to work in a bi-partisan way to prevent such pact from receiving the approval of Congress," the New York Democrat said Monday.

Any new trade deal to substitute the U.S.-U.K. agreements negotiated through the EU would have to be brought to a vote in Congress, meaning the Speaker could block it.

Members of the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers have backed a new trade deal regardless of whether a hard border has to be imposed.

National security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonBolton replacement inherits tough challenges — including Trump The John Boltons of Iran are on the rise Diplomacy is still the best option for dealing with Iran MORE said earlier this month that the U.S. would support a "no deal" Brexit, which would likely trigger the hard border. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Trump: 'Great to see' Pelosi plan to lower drug prices Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices MORE (R-Iowa) also recently said he would support a no-deal exit.

New British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised an exit from the EU by Oct. 31, but faces several roadblocks to negotiating a new deal.