We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.
Mr Biden has spoken about being a proud Irish-American Catholic in the past and has also recently got in touch with his roots in Ireland. He visited the country to trace his ancestry and his Irish cousins also flew to the US to help with his campaign. Irish officials are said to be hoping this will be a boost for trade talks between the UK and EU in the event Mr Biden is elected president after tomorrow’s election.
The Irish border has been a contentious issue throughout the negotiations, most recently due to the UK Government announcing it wanted to make changes to the previously agreed Withdrawal Arrangement.
The former vice-president added that there would be no US-UK trade deal if the UK pushed through Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Internal Market Bill, due to concerns it could jeopardise all the protections against a hardened border between the north and south.
He tweeted: “We can’t allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit.
“Any trade deal between the US and UK must be contingent upon respect for the agreement and preventing the return of a hard border.”
But some social media users do not think Mr Biden should weigh in on Brexit talks, which are currently continuing in Brussels.
One user wrote: “He can stay far away from Ireland, thank you very much.”
Another added: “Too late we have left. Roll on December 31, only good thing about 2020.”
A third simply added a warning for Mr Biden to not get involved.
They said: “Stay out of their business.”
The Democrats have also previously hinted they want to work more closely with Germany if they win.
This is due to its influence in the EU and Ireland.
Former US ambassador Kim Darroch told The Guardian: “One of Biden’s priorities will be to repair the relationship with Europe.
“That will give us less clout.”
Donald Trump can STILL declare war after election warns Jeffrey Archer [REVEALED]
US Election 2020: Trump WON’T accept defeat says expert [INSIGHT]
Poll: Trump set to win US presidency by electoral college landslide [POLL]
A senior government figure told the Sunday Express Mr Trump winning the election could be better for the UK.
The minister said: “Biden is anti-British.
“He is caught up with the Irish lobby in the Democrats and he was Obama’s vice president when he said we would be ‘at the back of the queue’ after Brexit.
“It’s obvious that Trump wants a trade deal with us and we would get it done but the Democrats have already made it clear that they would block it.”
Brexit talks may not be plain sailing if Donald Trump wins the election, as Mr Trump is likely to want to “see the lack of a border maintained”.
Mr Trump’s special envoy to Northern Ireland Mick Mulvaney told the FT: “Everyone assures me that no one is interested in seeing a hard border between the republic and Northern Ireland.
“We appreciate that, we respect that and we agree with that. The one thing I keep trying to assure is on the front of everybody’s mind is avoiding a border by accident.
“The Trump administration, state department and the US Congress would all be aligned in the desire to see the Good Friday agreement preserved to see the lack of a border maintained.”
Source: Read Full Article