Pence: US wants Brexit to protect Ireland stability

Pence: US wants Brexit to protect Ireland stability
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Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump attacks Pence aide who called Ukraine call 'inappropriate' Top Pence aide told lawmakers Trump's Ukraine call was 'inappropriate' in closed-door testimony READ: Foreign service officer Jennifer Williams's closed-door testimony from the House impeachment inquiry MORE said Monday that the U.S. wants the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union to protect Irish stability and respect Northern Ireland’s 1998 peace deal, Reuters reported.

“We will continue to work closely with our partners in Ireland and the United Kingdom to support a Brexit plan that encourages stability and also one that keeps the strong foundation forged by the (1998) Good Friday Agreement,” he told reporters after arriving in Ireland for a two-day visit.

{mosds}“We understand these are complex issues,” he added.

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The Good Friday Agreement, which created a free and demilitarized border between Ireland and Northern Ireland in 1998, ended a decades-long conflict.

Despite successfully maintaining the peace for more than two decades, the agreement is 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.

Several American lawmakers, including Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Chad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary Schumer blocks drug pricing measure during Senate fight, seeking larger action MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSchumer calls on Trump to testify as part of impeachment inquiry Sunday shows — Spotlight shifts to Sondland ahead of impeachment inquiry testimony Perception won't be reality, once AI can manipulate what we see MORE (D-Calif.), have expressed opposition to a no-deal Brexit for that reason.

Some Republicans and members of the Trump administration have expressed support for Brexit even if a deal is not reached.

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