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Joe Biden fires Brexit warning shot at Boris Johnson saying he doesn't want to see hard Irish border

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"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." Mr Biden discussed Brexit with Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier in November during one of his first phone calls to other world leaders as president-elect, warning him Brexit must not jeopardise the Northern Ireland peace process.


He previously touched upon the 1998 Good Friday agreement during his presidential campaign, tweeting in September: 'We can't allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit.

President-elect Joe Biden is very vocal about his Irish roots (Picture: Reuters)

"We want to make sure- we've worked too long to get Ireland worked out, and I talked with the British prime minister, I talked with the Taoiseach, I talked with others, I talked to the French.

"Any trade deal between the US and UK must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period." The Government has put forward legislation that would give it the power to change aspects of the EU withdrawal agreement, a legally binding deal governing the terms of Brexit made earlier this year.

Joe Biden has fired a Brexit warning to Boris Johnson as he stressed the importance of keeping the Irish border open.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Mr Biden said: 'We do not want a guarded border.

The President-elect fired a warning at Boris Johnson (Image: Andrew Parsons / No10 Downing Street)

Ireland's prime minister said on Monday that he hoped the outline of a Brexit free-trade deal would emerge within days- despite what the EU negotiator called "fundamental divergences" at talks.

That could complicate the situation at the fragile Northern Irish border with Ireland- which is the UK's only land border with the EU.

The President-elect's intervention comes amid fears the UK government could overrule the Brexit withdrawal agreement and leave the transition period- due to end on December 31- without a trade deal.

Problematic issues including fishing rights, the "level playing field" aimed at preventing unfair competition in areas such as workers' rights and state subsidies and the governance of any deal are yet to be resolved.