WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Monday released the following statement:

“Today’s announcement is good news for the people of Northern Ireland, who stand to benefit from the unique economic access and political stability provided under the Windsor Framework. The agreement will prevent a disastrous EU-U.K. trade war and remove bureaucratic obstacles to the free flow of goods into Northern Ireland, while also protecting the integrity of the Good Friday Agreement ahead of its 25th anniversary. As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee and on behalf of Connecticut’s large Irish-American community, I’ve paid close attention to these negotiations, and this is a very positive step forward.”

Earlier this month, Murphy met with Vice President of the European Commission Maroš Šef?ovi? to discuss the status of talks on the Northern Ireland Protocol. Murphy also met with Irish Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin. Last month, he met with UK Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Chris Heaton-Harris.