Boris Johnson

's government

has resisted pressure from President

Joe Biden

to avoid a confrontation with the EU and has reiterated its intention to unilaterally "amend" the

Ireland Protocol

, the most controversial point of the

Brexit

agreement , if the negotiations do not bear fruit with Brussels.


A delegation of US congressmen and senators, led by

Richard Neal

, a close ally of

Biden

, held a meeting on Saturday at the official

Chevening

residence with Foreign Secretary

Liz Truss

, who was apparently firm at Washington's insistence.

Truss

argued that his government's decision, threatening to act at its own risk to remove barriers to trade between

Great Britain

and

Northern Ireland

, responds precisely to the purpose of "protecting the Good Friday Peace Agreement", and not to put him in danger.


The head of the Foreign Office warned that she will not allow the current situation to "drag over time" if the EU does not put on the table a "reasonable solution" to the frictions caused by the

Protocol

and that have caused social and political tensions: the riots a year ago in Belfast to the current

Democratic Unionist Party

(DUP) blockade of the formation of a "power-sharing" government

, winner in the last elections.


The Biden Administration has clearly expressed its concern about a possible

trade war

with the EU due to the tensions of the Protocol, which could at the same time endanger the unity of the allies against Putin in the

Ukraine

war .


The president of the Congress,

Nancy Pelosi

, has warned for her part that a unilateral action by the United Kingdom with the EU could also put at risk the negotiation of a future free trade agreement between London and Washington.


Joe Biden

, of Irish descent, has a personal commitment to the Ulster issue and has redoubled efforts for the involvement of the US as guarantor of

the Peace Agreement

sealed in 1998.


The issue of the Protocol threatens to interfere even in the "special relationship" between

Biden

and

Johnson

, reinforced during the

war in Ukraine

with the close collaboration of the intelligence services and the Defense departments of the two countries.

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