LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted on Wednesday that a post-Brexit trade deal with the United States was not imminent, as he revealed that the United States’ import ban on British lamb, which had lasted for decades, would be lifted.
A day after President Joe Biden downplayed the prospect of a trade deal by not pushing back on a suggestion that Britain was at the back of the pack, Johnson said British farmers, especially those in Wales, would again be able to export lamb to us
“I can tell you today that what we are going to get from the US now is a decades-old, utterly unwarranted lifting of the ban that discriminates against UK farmers and lamb. British, ”he told reporters outside the US Capitol in Washington. “It was about time too. And what we want to do is take solid incremental steps in the trade.”
During the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union in 2016, Johnson and other Brexit supporters said one of the big prices for leaving the bloc would be a comprehensive trade deal with the states United, which would eliminate tariffs and quotas on a wide range of products.
“The Biden administration is not doing free trade deals around the world right now, but I have absolutely no doubts that there is a lot to be done,” Johnson said.
Unlike his predecessor Donald Trump, Biden has shown little interest in negotiating a trade deal with Britain, in part because of his concerns about the situation in Northern Ireland.
Ahead of his bilateral discussion with Johnson at the White House on Tuesday, Biden raised concerns about the situation in Northern Ireland following a recent discussion that the UK government wants to renegotiate the post-Brexit deal with the EU to which he signed at the end of last year.
He said he felt “very strongly” about the issues surrounding the peace process as problems with the Northern Ireland protocol persisted. As part of this Brexit deal, customs and border controls have been imposed on certain goods moving between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK to prevent a physical border from being re-established between Ireland, which is part of the EU, and Northern Ireland. .
One of the important achievements of the Northern Ireland peace process has been the almost invisible border with Ireland.
“I would not like to see at all, nor, I might add, many of my Republican colleagues would like to see, a change in the Irish agreements, the end result having a closed border in Ireland,” said Biden, who is still proud of its Irish roots.
In addition to seeking to comply with the rules governing the EU’s single market for goods, the regulations aim to keep an open border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. However, they angered the Unionist community in Northern Ireland, which says the controls amount to a border in the Irish Sea and weaken Northern Ireland’s ties with the rest of the UK.
Since Britain officially left the EU’s economic structures earlier this year, the country has sought to shift its trade profile away from Europe. For example, he is pushing to join the Comprehensive and Progressive 11-Country Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is home to around half a billion people in and around the Pacific.
There is even talk now that the British government could seek to join the trade partnership between the United States, Canada and Mexico.
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