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Biden says he visited Ireland to ‘make sure the Brits didn’t screw around’

Joe Biden said he visited Ireland last month in order to ensure that “Brits did not screw around”.

The US President, who is vocal about Irish heritage, made these comments on Wednesday at an event in New York for the Democratic Party.

In April, he visited Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland to mark the anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement and to see his ancestral home.

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Biden’s remarks were later published on the White House’s website. He said, “I had to go back to Ireland to ensure that the Brits did not screw around and Northern Ireland did not walk away from its commitments.”

Mr Biden met Rishi Sunak during his trip to Northern Ireland, but spent the majority of his four-day stay in the Republic.

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The groups also hoped that the Windsor Framework would fix the problems of the Northern Ireland Protocol, and restore a government.

power-sharing has yet to return, but is not back yet. The Democratic Unionist Party refuses to rejoin Stormont proceedings.

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When asked about Mr Biden’s comments, Downing Street today said that Mr Sunak’s Brexit deal with EU was all about “protecting” the Good Friday Agreement.

The official spokesperson for the prime minister said: “You’ll know that the Windsor Framework is the culmination of substantive negotiations between the UK, the EU and, at its core, the UK, which has always placed the Good Friday Agreement as a priority.”


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