Much has been made over the past few days of US president-elect Joe Biden’s Irish roots. A video of Biden responding to a BBC reporter’s request for a statement with the quip, “The BBC? I’m Irish!” has gone viral, causing delight and consternation in equal measure across the Atlantic.

Brexiteers know that a Biden presidency is not good news for their attempts to undermine the Good Friday Agreement and to underplay the consequences of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU for the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. In geopolitical terms, a pro-EU US president is undoubtedly a good thing. Ultimately it is also in Britain’s best interests; for too long the UK has been beholden to the bigotry and ineptitude of Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and the “bad boys of Brexit” so enamoured of Donald Trump...

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