BRITAIN risks its first row with Joe Biden by saying he does not un­derstand the bid to ditch the EU divorce deal.

The Environment Secretary says the US President-elect is wrong to claim the Government’s Internal Market Bill threatens peace in Northern Ireland.

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Last night, the bill was savaged by the House of Lords. 

Peers overwhelmingly backed moves to throw out clauses that would breach international law by disregarding parts of the last year’s Withdrawal Agreement.

But the PM has vowed to keep the clauses and plough on with the contentious legislation.

And last night Boris Johnson reiterated his and Mr Biden's common interests on strengthening Nato.

He said: “I have no doubt that we will continue to have a very, very strong relationship.”

Environment Secretary George Eustice hit out at critics such as Mr Biden, who has Irish heritage, for claiming the bill threatens Northern Ireland’s peace.

He said: “It’s about protecting it and not undermining it.”

He suggested the critics do not know what they are talking about and said the plan is actually a “safety net”.

Mr Biden is expected to warn Mr Johnson in their first phone call not to risk the peace deal with Brexit hardball tactics. 

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