Boris Johnson is preparing to meet Joe Biden at the White House on Tuesday, admitting that Britain and the United States are unlikely to agree on a free trade agreement in the near future.
The prime minister said the president “has a lot of fish to fry,” and said the two leaders would not prioritize opening trade relations with Britain when meeting in Washington.
International Trade Minister Anne-Marie Trevelian made her first call with Katherine Tai in the United States on Monday, but since the Trump administration resigned, detailed talks on a comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA) have been virtually de facto. It was interrupted.
When asked if Biden would encourage further progress, Johnson pointed out the elimination of retaliatory tariffs on commodities such as Scotch whiskey, adding: He has a huge infrastructure package, he is rebuilding a better package. We want to do that, but what we want is a good FTA, a good FTA. “
He suggested that rushing the deal would defeat Britain, saying: And I want to make a really successful deal in the UK rather than make a deal right away. “
Johnson and Biden first met at the G7 Summit in Cornwall in the summer, but the Prime Minister admitted that they had not yet formed a personal friendship. He told reporters: “The gestation period wasn’t a very long relationship … did we get a bond on a particular thing? Like me, he’s a little train nut. He likes trains. That’s a good thing. is.”
The Prime Minister will visit Washington a day and a half later in New York to meet with leaders from Brazil, South Korea, Turkey and Qatar, and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos at the end of the UN General Assembly.
In a one-on-one relationship with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, he described Covid-19 as a “bummer” but recommended vaccination. “AstraZeneca, it’s a great vaccine. I have AstraZeneca … I have it twice.” Bolsonaro, who claims he doesn’t have a jab, waved his finger to Johnson and said, “Still. I said.
The new Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday and met with 98-year-old Henry Kissinger.