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Biden’s Irish ties provides new dimension to ‘endgame’ Brexit talks

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Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks at his election rally, after the information media introduced that Biden has received the 2020 U.S. presidential election over President Donald Trump, in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 7, 2020.

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With Brexit negotiations getting into an important section this week, Democrat Joe Biden’s projected U.S. presidential win will likely be including a brand new dimension to the talks. 

Speaking on Irish radio on Monday, Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney stated that the election outcome will give “pause for thought” among the many U.Ok. negotiators throughout what he referred to as the “endgame” in talks. 

Biden, who has highlighted his Irish-American roots on many events, has said his assist for sustaining the Good Friday Agreement, the 1998 peace accord in Northern Ireland that the U.S. performed a job in brokering. As such, he has expressed opposition to any Brexit strikes that disrupt that settlement. 

“Joe Biden is a real friend of Ireland,” Coveney stated on RTE’s Morning Ireland present. “He’s been very clear that Ireland and peace on this island, north and south, means a lot to him.” 

Biden, in addition to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have said that the U.S. is not going to permit for a commerce cope with the U.Ok. if peace in Northern Ireland is in danger. 

“Statements that have come from not only from Joe Biden but many on Capitol Hill that if the Good Friday Agreement and peace on the island of Ireland isn’t protected through Brexit, that securing a trade deal between the U.S. and U.K. would be very problematic,” Coveney stated. 

“I think now that Joe Biden is going to be the next president of the United States, I think that will certainly be a cause for a pause for thought in Number 10 to ensure that the Irish issues are prioritized.” 

Brexit talks entered yet one more crunch interval on Monday because the transition interval for the U.Ok. leaving the European Union winds down on the finish of 2020. Issues equivalent to truthful competitors, significantly in fishing, stay factors of competition for either side. 

Transatlantic relationship 

Brexit is only one of many points that will likely be on the transatlantic agenda as soon as Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are sworn into the White House in January. 

Taxation stays a contentious worldwide matter, with OECD talks round digital levies and minimal tax bases for multinationals placing Ireland’s low company tax charge of 12.5% within the limelight. 

The U.S., beneath the Trump administration, has opposed European efforts to change how massive tech firms are taxed, and whereas a Biden White House could change its strategy and tone, the controversy will proceed into 2021. 

Changes to worldwide tax requirements can have a direct influence on Ireland, which depends closely on overseas direct funding. The majority of the businesses concerned are American, together with a number of tech giants like Apple, Google and Facebook. 

The Trump administration diminished the U.S. company tax charge to 21% in a bid to encourage extra U.S. multinational exercise within the nation. Biden has pledged to extend that to 28% whereas additionally imposing minimal taxes on U.S. firms’ overseas revenues booked abroad. 

Peter Vale, head of worldwide tax at Grant Thornton in Dublin, stated Biden will face some challenges in getting measures like these throughout the road relying on who has management of the Senate. 

“You’re probably looking more at tweaks to the existing regime than fundamental changes but even what those tweaks might look like is still a bit unclear,” Vale advised CNBC. 

“Both (candidates) have their pre-election pledges and Biden did commit to doing a few things in terms of increasing tax rate and also increasing the tax on groups that had IP overseas.” 

He added: “I’m not sure how much of those changes he can get through without having both houses.” As it stands, the Democrats look unlikely to command a majority within the Senate. 

In the approaching weeks, Biden’s transition crew may also take form forward of his inauguration. On Sunday, the Irish Times reported that former Connecticut senator and Biden advisor Chris Dodd is within the operating to be appointed the following U.S. ambassador to Ireland.


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