Pelosi warns UK legislators: Don’t mess with Irish peace accord

Pelosi warns UK legislators: Don’t mess with Irish peace accord

Pelosi should mind her own business. But then it is about trade and peace.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading a congressional delegation to Britain and Ireland this week. What’s being discussed? “Brexit, Brexit, Brexit,” she said.

On Wednesday, Pelosi and the delegation — which includes members of the Friends of Ireland caucus — will be honored at a dinner in Dublin Castle, the former seat of British power in the country.

In the past, U.S.-Britain bilateral talks would be all about counter-terrorism, intelligence sharing, NATO, Russia and China — and the special relationship. Today, Brexit dominates.

I must admit, here across the pond I don’t know much about the Brexit of the than the open borders having created a big mess and a lot of new violence.

Those who live there are not supposed to talk about. Censoring it, calling it a hate crime to speak of such things.

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Pelosi is emphatic: Don’t mess with the Irish peace accord. The speaker said Tuesday she had warned Prime Minister Theresa May, Conservative pro-Brexit hard-liners and Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn that if the churn of Britain’s messy break with the European Union in any way weakens the Northern Ireland peace pact known as the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement, the U.S. Congress will block any trade deals Britain might seek with the United States.

My Fathers Grandmother and her Aunt came from Ireland because of the potato famine. She never talked about what it was like there. She was a small child when she came to the US. She went to a Lutheran church her entire life here. Now I wonder was she raised as a Protestant or a Catholic or something else?

Irish-American congressman Richard Neal, the chairman of the US House Ways and Means Committee which will play a key role in any potential trade deal with the US, has previously warned that a hard border on the island of Ireland would hamper such a deal with the UK.

Neal is part of the delegation visiting Ireland.

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What is the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement?

The Belfast Agreement is also known as the Good Friday Agreement, because it was reached on Good Friday, 10 April 1998. It was a peace agreement between the British and Irish governments, and most of the political parties in Northern Ireland, on how Northern Ireland should be governed. The talks leading to the Agreement addressed issues which had caused conflict during previous decades. The aim was establishing a new, devolved government for Northern Ireland in which unionists and nationalists would share power.

Pelosi warns UK legislators: Don’t mess with Irish peace accord

“Don’t even think about that,” Pelosi said she had warned. “We made it clear to all, that if there were any harm to Good Friday accords, no treaty.”

Pelosi did not have to remind her hosts that the Trump administration can negotiate treaties and trade deals. But she did emphasize that Congress must approve them.

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Speaking at the London School of Economics on Monday ahead of her visit to Dublin on Tuesday, Pelosi told pro-leave Brexiteers the 1998 Irish peace agreement was dear to Americans.

The accord ended 30 years of sectarian strife, known as “the Troubles,” that left 3,500 soldiers, police and civilians dead.

The Troubles was a period when there was a lot of violence between two groups – Republicans and Loyalists. Many people were killed in the fighting.

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Great Britain had ruled Ireland for hundreds of years, but it split off from British rule – leaving Northern Ireland as part of the UK, and the Republic of Ireland as a separate country.

Unionists, who were happy to remain part of the UK – some of them were also called Loyalists (as they were loyal to the British crown)

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Nationalists, who wanted Northern Ireland to be independent from the UK and join the Republic of Ireland – some of them were also called Republicans (as they wanted Northern Ireland to join the Republic of Ireland)

Unionists were mostly Protestant, and Nationalists were mostly Catholic.

When Northern Ireland became separated, its government was mainly Unionist. There were fewer Catholics than Protestants in Northern Ireland.

In 1998 – after nearly two years of talks and 30 years of conflict – the Good Friday agreement was signed. This resulted in a new government being formed that would see power being shared between Unionists and Nationalists.

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