WASHINGTON, D.C. - Marjorie A. Chorlins, senior vice president for Europe at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, made the following statement today following the United Kingdom and the European Commission concluding a deal revising the Northern Ireland Protocol:
“Today, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced a new agreement concerning the Northern Ireland Protocol. This is an essential step forward in the relationship between two of the United States’ most important economic partners—one that provides additional clarity for companies operating across Europe—including U.S. firms with significant investments and operations across the UK, Ireland, and Northern Ireland. At a time where the United States and our partners in Europe face significant global geopolitical and economic challenges, this agreement will provide a solid foundation for more effective partnership. Given the upcoming 25th anniversary of the seminal Good Friday Agreement that brought peace, prosperity, and stability to Northern Ireland, this announcement is especially significant.
The Chamber calls on all parties in London, Belfast, Dublin, and across Europe to support and swiftly implement the revised Protocol.”