US President Joe Biden should step back from its intervention in negotiations between the UK and the EU, a political commentator has said. Pollster Frank Luntz said on the BBC’s Question Time that America should be “quieter” in its approach to the ongoing disagreement between the two sides over the Brexit deal’s Northern Ireland protocol. Talks between Britain and the European Union this week failed to reach an agreement over issues including rules on goods arriving to Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK and checks at ports.
US President Biden issued an unprecedented diplomatic rebuke to Boris Johnson’s government over its handling of the Northern Ireland situation.
The most senior US diplomat in the UK told Lord Frost that Britain risked “inflaming” tensions on the Irish border and should seek a compromise with the EU.
Mr Luntz condemned the intervention on Question Time, arguing that the negotiations should be settled by the UK and the EU.
He said: “It actually bothers me because I think America’s been a bit too loud.
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“And too involved in too many things that it should leave to the UK and Europe.
“I mentioned to you that I was lucky enough to see Mr Trump just before he left office and I walked up to him and I asked him ‘what does the J in Donald J Trump stand for?’
“You know what he told me? ‘Genius.’
“I don’t think that that’s really what we need right now.
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“But certainly they should not be dictating policy.
“You need to speak a little bit less and listen a little bit more.”
In issuing its demarche, a diplomatic reprimand, to the UK the Biden administration said that compromising with the EU over the Northern Ireland protocol would remove a barrier to a future US-UK trade deal.
Boris Johnson will discuss the protocol with Joe Biden and other world leaders at the G7 summit in Cornwall this week.