Boris Johnson warned against damaging relations with Biden as he backs fisheries minister


<p>Prime Minister Boris Johnson attending a Parliamentary Liaison Committee hearing at the House of Commons in London</p> (PRU/AFP via Getty Images)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson attending a Parliamentary Liaison Committee hearing at the House of Commons in London

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Boris Johnson has been warned that he will damage the UK’s ties with US president-elect Joe Biden if he breaks the Northern Ireland agreement with the EU over post-Brexit food shortages.

The prime minister vowed to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol if it became necessary to stop supermarkets from running out of food – but Tory MP Simon Hoare warned it would do “huge damage” to the Good Friday Agreement and spoil the relationship with the US.

Mr Johnson has backed his fisheries minister Victoria Prentis, after she admitted she did not read the Brexit deal when it was published on Christmas Eve because she was busy with a Nativity trail. She is facing calls to quit – but No 10 said the PM still had confidence in her.

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