Britain's Boris Johnson presses Biden for new trade deal

PTI | Washington DC | Updated: 24-01-2021 04:29 IST | Created: 24-01-2021 04:29 IST
Britain's Boris Johnson presses Biden for new trade deal

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made clear to President Joe Biden on Saturday that he's eager to forge a new US-UK trade deal.

The push for a new deal came in a broad-ranging call between the two leaders that touched on the global response to the coronavirus pandemic as well as the Biden administration announcing this week that the US would rejoin the Paris climate accord and the World Health Organization, according to a statement from Downing Street.

A new trade agreement between the allies is a higher priority for Johnson than it is for Biden.

The UK regained control over its national trade policy at the start of the month following the end of a post-Brexit transition period.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki had said on Friday that the administration had no timeline for forging a new trade deal as Biden's attention is largely focused on getting the coronavirus pandemic under control and pressing Congress to pass the president's USD 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan.

Janet Yellen, Biden's Treasury secretary nominee, also signalled during her confirmation hearing earlier this week that Biden wasn't eager to negotiate new trade deals.

“President Biden has been clear that he will not sign any new free trade agreements before the US makes major investments in American workers and our infrastructure,” Yellen said.

Downing Street said on Saturday that Biden and Johnson discussed “the benefits of a potential free trade deal between our two countries,'' and Johnson “reiterated his intention to resolve existing trade issues as soon as possible.'' The call with Johnson was at least Biden's third call with a foreign counterpart since Friday. The president spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Friday evening.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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