A post-Brexit trade deal between the United States and the United Kingdom is not expected any time soon, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted on Wednesday, when he also disclosed that an American ban on the import British lambs that had been in place for decades would be lifted, the Associated Press reported. .
Johnson was in the White House on Tuesday to meet with President Joe Biden, who did not dismiss the suggestion that the UK was last in securing a post-Brexit trade deal with the US, reported the AP.
“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.
Back when Johnson and other Brexit supporters were pushing for Britain’s exit from the European Union, the PM was considering the possibility of a beneficial trade deal with the United States that would wipe out many customs duties and quotas imposed on goods.
Johnson told reporters outside the United States Capitol that the United Kingdom would immediately get the United States to lift the export ban on lamb, which he described as “totally unjustified, discriminatory. towards British farmers and British lamb “.
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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 recent talks that the UK government wants to renegotiate the post-Brexit deal with the EU 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 claims 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.