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How Brexiteers’ negligence on Northern Ireland could cost them a US trade deal

For Leavers, a trade deal with America is the holy grail. But senators on both sides of the house say they will refuse to back it if the Good Friday Agreement is threatened

By Siobhán Fenton  

A defaced road sign welcoming motorists to Northern Ireland on the main motorway border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Photo: PA

The prospect of greater freedom for the UK to complete more trade agreements with more countries has been lauded by many Brexit backers as one of the chief benefits of EU withdrawal. Among these, the most hyped has been the possibility of a US-UK trade agreement.

In 2017, then International Trade Secretary Liam Fox pledged that the UK would be able to replace the 40…

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