The much-hyped post-Brexit US-UK trade deal could be years away, Prime Minister Liz Truss admitted on Tuesday, while in the US ahead of her first official bi-lateral meeting with President Biden.
The new prime minister of Britain, on his way to the General Assembly of the United Nations, told reporters: “There are now some negotiations with the US and they do not expect them to start in the short to medium term.’
Ms Truss, a former foreign and trade secretary, said her priority with international partners was to “deal with Russia aggressively”, as she told reporters that her trade focus had shifted to the east, leading to her desire to trade with India. His predecessor Boris Johnson pledged in June to secure it by the end of this year.
Ms Truss also wants to deal with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), consisting of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The third goal is to achieve the UK’s accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a grouping of nations that includes Australia, Canada and Japan and is one of the world’s largest trading partners.
“These are the priorities of our art,” he said. “In CTPPT, India and also the GCC.”
Protocol of the question of Northern Ireland
His words came after the White House warned earlier this month that any attempt to dissolve the Northern Ireland Protocol, which governs trade between the EU, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, could harm the chances of a bilateral trade agreement.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said “there is no formal connection” between the two issues, but also said any attempt to resolve the Northern Ireland Protocol “does not create a conducive environment, and that is basically where we are with dialogue.”
President Biden made similar remarks a year ago when he told me in the Oval Office – then PM Mr Johnson sitting next to him – that he felt “very strongly” that US-UK trade issues and the Northern Ireland Protocol were “separate” and that he did not want a change to Irish accords in the closed term. resulting
The minister says the UK’s focus is on peace in Northern Ireland as the US warns trade is most at risk over the protocol change
The UK and the EU remain in dispute over settlements between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, with the UK insisting physical barriers on goods and other goods have been lifted.
The UK has also unilaterally insisted that, if a solution cannot be found, it has legislated that the UK can tear up part of the protocol.
The proposal was launched by Ms Truss earlier this summer and is expected to reach the House of Lords in mid-October, and threatens to escalate further tensions between the EU and the powerful US.
Mr Johnson and his government have championed the US market as a big Brexit bonus, while President Trump insisted in 2017 that the UK was “at the front of the queue”.
However The former prime minister was forced to admit in 2021 that the US has “a lot of fish” to “fry” and that the transaction cannot be completed by the 2024 general election. “The Americans are doing a very difficult job,” he said.
Ms Truss now appears to have free trade with our closet ally and the world’s largest economy and wants to use her trip to the UN to focus on Ukraine and to attack Russia’s total arms embargo.