Boris Johnson news – live: Biden dashes post-Brexit trade deal hopes as PM tells world to ‘grow up’ on climate

, Boris Johnson news – live: Biden dashes post-Brexit trade deal hopes as PM tells world to ‘grow up’ on climate, The Evepost BBC News
, Boris Johnson news – live: Biden dashes post-Brexit trade deal hopes as PM tells world to ‘grow up’ on climate, The Evepost BBC News

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Joe Biden has dashed hopes of a quick UK-US trade deal during a meeting with Boris Johnson at the White House.

The US president did not contradict Barack Obama’s assertion that the UK would be at the “back of the queue” for a post-Brexit deal, saying instead that he would discuss trade “a little bit” with his British counterpart.

Ahead of the meeting, Mr Johnson had acknowledged that a post-Brexit free trade agreement between the countries was not a “priority” for the Biden administration.

It is thought that ministers could water down their expectations by signing up to an existing pact between the US, Mexico and Canada in a bid to increase trade across the Atlantic.

Mr Johnson will round off his trip to the US by addressing the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, telling the world to wake up to the threat of climate change.

“It is time for humanity to grow up. It is time for us to listen to the warnings of the scientists,” he will say.

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UK will not put ‘timescales’ on US trade agreement, says Eustice

The UK will not put “timescales” on reaching a free trade agreement with the US, a cabinet minister has said.

Speaking to Sky News, environment secretary George Eustice admitted a deal was not a “a priority” for the White House.

“We still very much hope to be able to put together an agreement with the United States,” he said.

“We are not putting timescales on it.”

Rory Sullivan22 September 2021 08:22

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World should ‘grow up’ and tackle climate change, says PM

The Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow must a “turning point for humanity”, Boris Johnson will tell world leaders on Wednesday.

Addressing the UN General Assembly, the British prime minister will say that the world needs “to grow up” to the scale of the climate crisis”.

“The world – this precious blue sphere with its eggshell crust and wisp of an atmosphere – is not some indestructible toy, some bouncy plastic romper room against which we can hurl ourselves to our heart’s content.

“Daily, weekly, we are doing such irreversible damage that long before a million years are up we will have made this beautiful planet effectively uninhabitable – not just for us but for many other species.”

Rory Sullivan22 September 2021 08:04

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Biden dashes hopes of a quick UK-US trade deal

Joe Biden has not committed to a post-Brexit free trade agreement with the UK, dashing British ministers hopes for a quick deal.

Instead, he said he would discuss trade “a little bit” with Boris Johnson at a meeting on Tuesday and that the issue would have to be “worked through”.

Mr Johnson had earlier admitted that a deal was not a priority for the US, as the Biden administration had “a lot of fish to fry”.

Rory Sullivan22 September 2021 07:44

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Rory Sullivan22 September 2021 07:39