US vice president Mike Pence is planning a visit to the UK and Ireland next month.
The Republican will be here between September 4 and 5, and will then travel to Ireland on September 6.
On the agenda for discussions will be Brexit, Iran, and the ‘threat of Chinese malign influence,’ the White House said.
The announcement of the visit came after US House speaker Nancy Pelosi warned there is ‘no chance’ of a trade deal with Britain if Brexit puts the peace accord in Northern Ireland at risk.
She said the Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, would block any deal in Congress if the UK’s exit from the EU ‘undermines’ the agreement.
During his visit to Ireland, Mr Pence will meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and voice his ‘commitment to maintaining peace, prosperity, and stability in Ireland by upholding the Good Friday Agreement,’ according to the White House.
Great to meet with UK Foreign Secretary @DominicRaab earlier this week to discuss Iran, China, and a future U.S.-UK trade deal post-Brexit. I look forward to traveling to London in early September to reaffirm our two nations’ enduring and unbreakable special relationship. pic.twitter.com/BgHlxzNK1q
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) August 9, 2019
He will also discuss trade, investment and strengthening the economic relationship between the two nations.
But the visit is not expected to go without protests.
When Donald Trump made his two visits to the UK, he was met with widespread demonstrations including the flying of the Trump baby blimp, a large balloon depicting the president wearing a nappy.
Mr Pence is also a controversial figure and has been particularly criticised over his stance on LGBTQ rights.
Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, one of the US’s largest gay rights groups, once said Mr Pence ‘poses one of the greatest threats to equality in the history of our movement’.