The visiting delegation to the US Congress met vigorously and at times heated up with the pro-Brexit radicals of the United Kingdom, while American politicians rejected claims that the Border was a "made-up" issue.
The delegation, led by Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, met with members of the pro-Brexit European Research Group led by conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg on Monday. The meeting was part of its mission in the UK and Ireland this week to emphasize that there was no chance of a US-UK trade agreement if Brexit hampered Northern Ireland's peace process.
Democratic Congressman Brendan Boyle, a member of the traveling delegation, said US politicians had a "frank discussion" with the ERG that was "a good, sincere and honest exchange."
The representative of Pennsylvania said that the delegation's warning of any post-Brexit risk to the peace process jeopardizes any future trade agreement between the United Kingdom and the United States and the challenge of passing any trade agreement through the US Congress. UK politicians they met.
Pelosi said she and her fellow delegates made it clear at all their meetings in London that there would be "no chance" of a US-UK trade agreement if Brexit weakened the 1998 Belfast Agreement.
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"Several ERG members were not exactly satisfied with what they heard from the US side," he said.
The two-term congressman said that the overwhelming majority of British politicians they met appreciated the US delegation's position and "the constructive role we are playing."
"The only exception was the ERG, which has never explicitly accused us of taking sides, but, as they have expressed, it is clear that their view of the world is that the frontier issue is & invented & # 39; and that, in fact, is being used only by Remnants. London, Brussels, Dublin and Washington, all in some kind of big conspiracy to force them to do something they do not want to do, "Boyle said.
Rees-Mogg told the delegation during the meeting that the ERG included two former Northern Secretaries of State, Theresa Villiers and Owen Paterson.
Boyle said the delegation tried to argue against the characterization of the US role by the ERG.
"We have tried very hard to disabuse them of this kind of conspiracy thinking," he said.
The Philadelphia politician, the only member of the House with a father born in Ireland, noted the positive role played by the US in the peace process and how it was finally applauded by the United Kingdom.
"The idea that some people in London, Dublin, Brussels and Washington DC are acting together as part of a major conspiracy in our concerns to re-establish a difficult border is a worldview that is extremely difficult for me to understand," he said. Boyle.
The Democrat said the appointment of a special US envoy by the Trump government could be "constructive and useful" in the Brexit case, particularly in the absence of a Northern Ireland Assembly.