UPDATED 9:38 AM PT — Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence recently threw his support behind Ireland’s need for the Irish backstop to be a part of any Brexit deal. During a joint press conference with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar Tuesday, Pence urged mutual cooperation between U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Ireland in coming to a mutual understanding.
He said he was optimistic both countries can come to the table in good faith.
Pence also mentioned a possible trade deal with Ireland and said he hopes the country will support the U.S. as it seeks trade deals with the U.K. and the European Union post Brexit.
“We urge Ireland and the United Kingdom as well to negotiate in good faith with Prime Minister Johnson, and work to reach an agreement that respects the United Kingdom’s sovereignty and minimizes disruption to commerce,”stated the vice president. “The United States will look to play whatever helpful role we can play among our friends in achieving that objective.”
Pence also encouraged the U.K. and Ireland to ensure that any Brexit deal respects the Good Friday Agreement.