President Joe Biden told U.S. officials to rebuke the U.K. for “inflaming” tensions in Ireland and Europe amid a battle over post-Brexit customs checks in Northern Ireland.
Charge d’Affaires Yael Lempert told U.K. minister Lord Frost that the Biden administration was “increasingly concerned” about the customs checks stand-off, The Times reported Thursday.
She also urged the U.K. government to reach a “settlement” with the European Union over chilled meats entering Northern Ireland, adding that Biden planned to publicly raise the issue at the G7 summit in Cornwall.
A leaked U.K. government memo obtained by The Times said the U.S. was “increasingly concerned about the stalemate on implementing the [Northern Ireland] protocol,” and believed the dispute was “undermining the trust of our two main allies.”
President Joe Biden waves upon arrival at Cornwall Airport Newquay, on June 9, 2021 near Newquay, Cornwall, England.
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