Newton Emerson: America’s real role in peace process has been leaning on Sinn Féin

Any reversal of US policy due to Brexit should be handled with care

Philadelphia Democratic congressman Brendan Boyle: Tweet about Belfast Agreement caused much head-scratching as the United States is not a signatory to the 1998 peace deal, nor is it referenced in the text in any way. Photograph:  Rich Polk/Getty Images

Philadelphia Democratic congressman Brendan Boyle: Tweet about Belfast Agreement caused much head-scratching as the United States is not a signatory to the 1998 peace deal, nor is it referenced in the text in any way. Photograph: Rich Polk/Getty Images

America’s role in the peace process is often misunderstood, including it seems by Philadelphia Democrat congressman Brendan Boyle, who last week tweeted: “The United States is, by law, a guarantor of the Good Friday agreement. We will not stand idly by and watch it weakened or destroyed.”

Boyle is a member of the committee that must approve any post-Brexit UK trade deal, so he could be a significant person in our future.

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