British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not waited for the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, and the winner, for now, of the US elections, to sit in the oval office to start friction with the new administration. There are few analysts who predict tensions between London and Washington due to Brexit, once Biden takes office and Johnson wants to make his position clear from minute zero.
One of the first points in which the relations between the two have already run aground is the Internal Market Act which Johnson has stated he intends to uphold despite loss in the House of Lords. The legislation is intended to overturn the Brexit deal on Northern Ireland, putting the Good Friday deals in jeopardy, according to Biden.
Despite the symbolic defeat in his attempt to leave open a possible amendment to the Withdrawal Agreement that he agreed on with the European Union, the 'premier' has declared that he will introduce amendments in the House of Commons. By 433 votes to 165 and 407 to 148, the Lords have voted in favor of withdraw the parts that for example would allow London to rewrite the Withdrawal Agreement unilaterally, without consensus with the European bloc. Brussels has already repeatedly expressed its discomfort with this path that Johnson has proposed.
The Internal Market Law would allow Johnson to avoid at all costs that as of January 1 there may be obstacles between Northern Ireland and the rest of British territories to avoid in turn a 'hard border' between Ulster and Ireland.
"We will re-introduce the clauses when the law returns to the Commons", has clarified a spokesman for the Executive, who has insisted on the thesis that it is a "legal safety net" to "protect the integrity of the internal market of the United Kingdom and the enormous achievements of the peace process in Northern Ireland", according to the BBC.