Top US politicians and diplomats have warned the UK Government suspending the Northern Ireland Protocol could severely undermine peace in the region.
The message was made to Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis as he jetted off to Washington for crunch talks with top officials, Republicans and Democrats.
The Protocol is intended to ensure the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic stays open while protecting the single market, which the region remains a part of.
However, the need for checks on goods crossing to Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK has led to growing tensions both within the region and between London and Brussels.
Senators and former ambassadors on the United States Congress Ad Hoc Committee to Protect the Good Friday Agreement who met with Mr Lewis said the meeting was “cordial and candid” on Monday.
Former US Congressman Bruce Morrison, who is the co-chair of the committee, said members made clear that outstanding issues with the protocol should be resolved between the UK and EU.
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