‘Mind your own business!’ Ann Widdecombe in brutal swipe at Joe Biden’s Brexit ‘lecturing’
Biden's views on Northern Ireland discussed by Ann Widdecombe
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Ann Widdecombe appeared on the Jeremy Vine Show on Channel 5 where she was shown a clip of Joe Biden warning he would not want to see any threat to Northern Ireland peace or an introduction of a hard border. Ms Widdecombe was asked whether Joe Biden may be stalling on a UK/US free-trade deal as he awaits issues over the Northern Ireland Protocol to be ironed out. The ex-Conservative minister argued Mr Biden should “mind his own business” regarding Brexit, adding the Northern Ireland Protocol was already bad.
Speaking on the Jeremy Vine Show, host Vine believed Mr Biden was “cross” over the Northern Ireland Protocol and could be holding off a trade deal because of it.
Ms Widdecombe went off on a different tangent and noted how Mr Biden called politicians “English” rather than “British”.
She believed the US did not truly stand by the “special relationship” before she got back on topic.
Ms Widdecombe said: “I don’t think [he is parking a deal] as Northern Ireland is already messed up by a thoroughly bad deal.
“I don’t think he is making the one dependant on the other.
“And my message to Joe Biden is actually mind your own business.
“We don’t interfere in the internal running of the United States, Northern Ireland is part of the UK.”
Mr Biden has gone on record several times attacking Brexit and demanding peace in Northern Ireland stays in place.
Ahead of his meeting with Boris Johnson, Mr Biden said he felt “very strongly” about the Protocol.
The President said about the Good Friday Agreement: “We spent an enormous amount of time and effort, the United States, it was a major bipartisan effort made.
“And I would not at all like to see, nor I might add would many of my Republican colleagues like to see, a change in the Irish accords, the end result having a closed border in Ireland.”
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Mr Biden’s Democrat predecessor, Barack Obama, was also a critic of Brexit and stressed Britain would be “back of the queue” of any US/UK free-trade deal.
The Prime Minister promised he would be able to secure a deal with the US post-Brexit but has yet to get negotiations in motion.
Mr Johnson had banked on Donald Trump agreeing to a deal after the former president showed a willingness to work with the UK.
But now, the PM now has to deal with Mr Biden and has been sheepish about a deal when grilled.
Sky News Political Editor Beth Rigby spoke to Mr Johnson during a media round and wanted to know when the trade deal with the US could be secured.
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After an aggressive back and forth, Mr Johnson could not guarantee the trade could be signed by 2024.
He concluded by saying: “We’re going to go as fast as we can.”
Mr Biden has also been hit with complaints after he was accused of avoiding journalists over the past few weeks.
White House Correspondents’ Association President Steve Portnoy was at a White House meet on Tuesday with Boris Johnson and sent a formal complaint to Ms Psaki to address the issue.
Reporters were hurried out of the Oval Office and were denied asking Mr Biden questions after only three were asked toward the Prime Minister.
The president is expected to hold press conferences and other meetings with journalists throughout their time in office but Mr Biden has been avoiding the media for several weeks now.
US journalists have only been given the chance to ask Mr Biden questions as he travels between events.
During his visit to the United Nations, Mr Biden bluntly answered a question from a US reporter about the southern border crisis in America and said he was trying to get it “under control” as he was moving around the UN.
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