Grassley says he'd still make deal with UK in case of no-deal Brexit

Grassley says he'd still make deal with UK in case of no-deal Brexit
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyBooker, Sanders propose new federal agency to control drug prices GOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse Johnson opens door to subpoenaing whistleblower, Schiff, Bidens MORE (R-Iowa) threw his support to new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday, saying the U.S. would happily entertain a new trade deal, even in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Johnson has threatened to move forward with Brexit on Oct. 31 even without a deal, which would introduce trade barriers between Ireland and North Ireland, possibly upsetting a hard-fought peace deal.
Grassley, whose committee has jurisdiction over trade in the Senate, said how the U.K. handles Brexit was none of his concern.

“The general proposition I have is I'm for free trade agreements with whoever wants to have them with us and whoever we can negotiate a fair agreement with,” he said.

In April, Pelosi warned that she would oppose a new U.S.-U.K. trade deal if Brexit harmed Irish peace. 

“Let me be clear: if the Brexit deal undermines the Good Friday accords, there will be no chance of a U.S.-U.K. trade agreement,” she told Ireland’s parliament.

The British pound has lost some 3 percent of its value since Johnson took office last week over concerns that a no-deal Brexit would leave the U.K. in the cold when it comes to its trade relationships.