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Brexit LIVE: Joe Biden risks Boris Johnson fury as US trade deal may take years to secure

UK-US trade deal 'a stretch' in Biden's first year says Darroch

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Katherine Tai, President Joe Biden’s trade representative, said a “review” of the negotiations which have taken place so far would be undertaken. Joe Biden’s Trade representative said the review would allow the administration to take stock of the “discussions and the negotiations so far” and to establish Government priorities due to Coronavirus.

 

Express.co.uk understands UK Department for International Trade officials had been saving a “special spot” for a free-trade deal with the US in post-Brexit trade policy.

But American officials claim a UK deal is not a priority for Mr Biden, who became US President in January.

One former trade official in the US Trade Representatives Office told the Telegraph: “You might not get to it in the first term. I predict they’ll do it, but there’s a material chance they don’t.

“It would be a mistake to assume this (the UK negotiations) continues. I’m sceptical they’re going to move forward from what I’ve seen and heard.”

Another former official added: “It is going to be some years at a minimum.”

Whitehall officials told this publication that a US trade deal would help to promote a “Global Britain on the world stage.”

“We want negotiations to start as soon as possible,” one source told Express.co.uk.

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss is expected to speak to Katherine Tai to hammer out a rough timetable for securing a free trade agreement in the next two weeks.

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8am update: NI Protocol not working as planned, says Johnson 

Boris Johnson has said the Northern Ireland Protocol is not operating in the way he envisaged.

The Prime Minister said he did not think arrangements he agreed with the EU would involve restrictions on the movements of food products such as sausages, on parcel deliveries and on soil from Great Britain entering Northern Ireland.

He said the protocol was operating in an imbalanced way and was causing irritation to the loyalist and unionist community in Northern Ireland as a consequence.

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