US Speaker Nancy Pelosi warns against weakening peace deal

Tanaiste Simon Coveney and US House of representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi

Tanaiste Simon Coveney and US House of representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi

In the old days, bilateral U.S. -U.K. talks would be all about counterterrorism, intelligence sharing, NATO, Russia and China - and the special relationship.

Following her stark warning on the terms of a US-UK trade deal, US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi will on Tuesday begin a two-day visit to Dublin as part of a Brexit-related mission to Europe.

He said congress had been "hypnotised" by the views espoused by the Irish government, which has been "throughout this process using the Good Friday Agrement as a tool".

Ms Pelosi has become the most senior American politician to warn against a trade deal between the two countries as Brexit negotiations continue.

The high-ranking group of U.S. politicians will meet Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar on Tuesday afternoon, while Pelosi will speak to Irish parliament and meet the Irish president on Wednesday.

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She will be accompanied by a delegation of Democrat and Republican congressmen and women.

Speaking at the London School of Economics on Monday evening, Mrs Pelosi said the 1998 Good Friday Agreement was a model that could not be "bargained away in another agreement". The accord ended 30 years of sectarian strife, known as "the Troubles", that left 3,500 soldiers, police officers and civilians dead.

"This isn't for us an issue or an agreement".

A Brexit sign is seen between Donegal in the Republic of Ireland and Londonderry in Northern Ireland at the border village of Muff, Ireland, February 1, 2018.

After arriving in Ireland she met Tánaiste (Irish Deputy Prime Minister) Simon Coveney and will meet Mr Varadkar on Tuesday evening. But Brexiteers in her party and government have balked, arguing that the backstop could shackle Britain to the E.U.'s rules, perhaps forever.

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In London, Pelosi stressed that getting a trade bill through Congress is "no given" at any time.

She also said the deal "ended 700 years of conflict" and is "a model to the world", the BBC added.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said there would be "no chance" of US-UK trade deal if Brexit undermines Ireland's Good Friday Agreement in any way. It is an ideal.

"We want our nearest neighbours to thrive and to prosper".

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