DUP Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has said some US politicians should read the Belfast Agreement before commenting on it.
Sir Jeffrey said,
“The rhetoric coming from Washington is growing increasingly ridiculous as people who took no
part in the negotiations, who clearly haven’t read the Belfast Agreement properly and yet now use that Agreement to attack the UK’s exit from the European Union.
If a Presidential candidate and senior figures on Capitol Hill are going to speak about the Belfast Agreement, they should at least accept that a new border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom drives a coach and horses through the Belfast Agreement.
Does the close alliance of the UK and the USA in defeating international terrorism count for nothing? Are American politicians happy to thrash that critical relationship, including its vital security cooperation and harm the enormous trading opportunities between our two countries?
Not a single unionist Party in Northern Ireland supports the Withdrawal Agreement, yet Washington doesn’t seem to care despite consensus being at the heart of the Belfast Agreement.
Do unionist voices not matter in DC or is it just about the Irish-American vote rather than peace in Belfast?”