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Congressman Brendan Boyle

Representing the 13th District of Pennsylvania

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Congressman Boyle Addresses Brexit Impact on Good Friday Agreement

February 1, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, during a joint Subcommittee House Foreign Affairs hearing, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) continued to voice his concerns about the potential impact the Brexit referendum could have on the Good Friday Agreement.  Boyle has been calling for congressional hearings on the issue since March 2016, and voicing his concerns about the potential detrimental impacts of Brexit on the historic peace agreement.  Last week, Boyle sent President Donald Trump a letter reinforcing his concerns prior to the President’s meeting with British P.M. Theresa May.

“As I have stated before and reiterated during today’s hearing, I will strongly oppose the re-establishment of a hard border between the six counties of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland,” said Boyle.  “As a guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, a historic diplomatic achievement, the United States must oppose any backsliding into the bad old days of border checkpoints.”

During the hearing, Congressman Boyle questioned Daniel S. Hamilton, PhD, the Executive Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced and International Studies, about the possibility that the Brexit referendum could lead to the re-establishment of a hard border between the six counties of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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