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Pelosi Says U.K. Can Forget U.S. Trade Deal If Irish Pact Broken

  • Speaker says U.K. must respect agreement about Irish border
  • Eventual free-trade deal would need to pass Pelosi’s chamber

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the U.K. can forget about Congressional approval for a free-trade deal with the U.S. if Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union imperils an agreement that ended conflict in Northern Ireland.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a backlash from the EU and from within his own ruling Conservative Party after his government said it’s making plans to break its commitments to the bloc over the Irish border. Pelosi said that the U.K. must ensure the free flow of goods across the border, as agreed in Britain’s deal with the EU last year.