President Joe Biden arrived in Belfast on Wednesday June 16th for the launch of the Northern Ireland protocol, which is part of the Brexit trade deal. He was greeted by the First Minister of Northern Ireland, Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister, Michelle O’Neill. This is his first trip to the UK since becoming president, and his visit is highly anticipated, with his primary focus being the promotion of peace and stability in Northern Ireland, as well as discussing the ongoing pandemic and global concerns.
Biden is a proud Irish-American and has expressed his support of Ireland on numerous occasions. His visit to Belfast is expected to strengthen US-Irish relations and enhance cooperation between the two nations. During his two-day trip, Biden will meet with various political leaders and attend several events, including a meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
While his visit is focused on promoting peace in Northern Ireland, the ongoing trade tensions between the UK and EU are expected to be a key point of discussion during his meetings with UK officials. Biden has been critical of the UK’s handling of Brexit and has urged the UK and EU to find a compromise that works for both parties. He is expected to reiterate his call for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing trade dispute between the UK and EU.
The visit comes at a critical time for Northern Ireland, as tensions surrounding the implementation of the Northern Ireland protocol are high. The protocol is designed to prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, but it has faced challenges since its implementation in January. Biden has expressed his concern about the impact of the protocol on peace and stability in Northern Ireland and is expected to urge all parties to work towards a peaceful resolution.
Biden’s visit to Belfast is significant for both the US and the UK, as it represents a commitment to promoting peace and stability in Northern Ireland, and highlights the importance of US-UK relations. While his visit is primarily focused on promoting peace and stability in Northern Ireland, it is also an opportunity for him to address pressing global concerns, such as the ongoing pandemic and climate change.