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A senior US politician has warned that lawmakers could block a future US-UK trade deal if the Good Friday Agreement is undermined.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has written to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warning that Congress could work on a cross-party basis to block a deal if a hard border is introduced on the island of Ireland.
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A copy of the letter was also sent to UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
Mr Schumer called for the Trump administration to stop 'over-promising an unconditional and unrealistic' post-Brexit trade agreement with the United Kingdom.
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He added he will work with Democratic colleague Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives - and Republicans - to block any deal that threatens the Belfast Agreement.
In his letter, Mr Schumer said: 'While Britain is a unique and valued ally of our nation, as the Democratic Leader of the United States Senate, which would consider prospective new bilateral trade agreements, I write to express my inveterate opposition to any prospective trade deal with UK that either undermines the landmark Good Friday Agreement or facilitates a return to a hard border.
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