Meddling Blair thanked as ‘true friend’ for meeting US politician on special relationship

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The former Prime Minister recently sat down with Brendan Boyle, Congressman for Philadelphia to discuss a number of topics including the relationship between the UK and the US. Taking to Twitter, the US politician thanked former British Labour Party leader – who served as prime minister between 1997 and 2007 – for sitting down with him.

In addition to his thanks, Brendan shared an image of the two of them in conversation, where the pair can be seen smiling as they sat down opposite one another.

He said that the two of them also waded in on the topic of Northern Ireland, and discussed the relationships between countries.

He wrote: “Enjoyed meeting with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and discussing the US-UK relationship, the trans-Atlantic relationship, and protecting peace in Northern Ireland. He is a true friend of the [American flag emoji]”.

A follower of Mr Boyle replied to the tweet praising the duo for their actions noted that they were both “educated” on the subjects being discussed.

@RonanTierney7 wrote: “Two very educated politicians on the discussed subjects!”

While @digdougdogman declared that Mr Blair should not be “in a comfy seat” for a discussion of this kind, following his role in the Iraq war.

While it remains unclear on the level of detail the two discussed in their private conversations on the topics, the US politician has previously spoken about how the US was a “close ally of both Britain and Ireland”.

The Democrat member of the US House of Representatives made the comment when levelling in on Brexit, in April 2019.

He penned an op-ed for The Philadelphia Inquirer, just one month after the Government sought permission from the EU to extend Article 50 and agree on a later Brexit date.

He recalled visits he had undertaken at the time to both Britain and Northern Ireland along with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

He said the intention of the visit was to “deliver a clear and unambiguous message”, which was “that whatever Brexit deal ultimately passes the UK Parliament does not harm the Good Friday Agreement.”

He went on to discuss the US’ involvement in the agreement, and also mentioned Tony Blair.

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He said that the UK had become “more enlightened” when he was prime minister.

Mr Boyle wrote: “The Good Friday Agreement would not have happened without U.S. leadership.

“While at first the British government resisted U.S. involvement in what they considered an ‘internal’ matter, ultimately a more enlightened position emerged once Tony Blair became UK prime minister.”

Their conversation comes after Michaél Martin, Irish Prime Minister, issued a warning to the UK on Thursday about triggering Article 16 of the Brexit protocol.

He said this would be both “irresponsible” and “reckless”.

Speaking in the Dáil the Irish leader said: “It would be irresponsible, it would be unwise, and it would be reckless to invoke Article 16 as a response to the proposals from the European Commission.

“I think we have acted in good faith, I think the European Commission has acted in good faith and I think a good-faith response is required from the United Kingdom government.”

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