Forget about a trade deal with the US if legislation becomes law, says Eastwood
The US will not agree to a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK if the Internal Market Bill becomes law, the SDLP leader has warned Parliament.
Colum Eastwood said the controversial piece of legislation "rides a coach and horses through the Good Friday Agreement", and told the Government that if they tampered with the peace accord, "there will be no trade deal".
Mr Eastwood added that having no border in Ireland was paramount to securing a trade deal with the US, and that if this condition was not met, an agreement "will not be accepted by anybody at the height of power" on the other side of the Atlantic.
His warning came as International Trade Secretary Liz Truss denied that trade discussions with the US had come to a halt on Monday.
Raising his concerns over changes to the Brexit deal in the House of Commons, Mr Eastwood said members of the US Congress were "saying there will not be a trade deal between the US and this country if you do any damage to the protocol or the Good Friday Agreement. That is what they've said. People should listen."
Intervening, DUP MP Sammy Wilson said: "I must say that I am absolutely amazed at the comments which he has made.
"Because of course, he will know that our biggest trading partner outside Great Britain is the United States of America, so any trade deal with America is bound to have a beneficial impact on the people of Northern Ireland and on the economy ...
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