Biden: US doesn’t want guarded border on Ireland – BBC News

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    President-elect Joe Biden has said America does not want a “guarded border” between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland following Brexit. He said it had taken a lot of hard work to reach a settlement on the island of Ireland, ending decades of conflict. The UK government has threatened to overrule the Brexit withdrawal agreement which committed it to keeping the border open. Mr Biden has previously said Brexit must not endanger the peace process. Speaking to reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday, Mr Biden said: “We do not want a guarded border. We’ve worked too long to get Ireland worked out. “The idea of having a border north and south once again being closed is just not right, we’ve just got to keep the border open.”

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