Britain wants to join US free trade agreements with Mexico and Canada as hopes for a one-on-one deal are over.
Boris Johnson expected to stall US trade talks during his visit to Joe Biden at the White House last night.
Mr Johnson praised the president, saying he wanted to work with him to “build a better world together.”
Mr Biden said he would visit Glasgow “with the bells” for the COP26 summit, adding that he was looking forward to attending.
But the PM was unable to say yesterday that a post-Brexit deal with Washington could be signed before the next election in 2024 – after acknowledging that the US had “fish to fry”.
The ball is in America’s court… it takes two to tango
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During a meeting with Boris Johnson in the Oval Office, the president was depressed about the prospects of a trade deal.
Asked whether Britain was still “back in line for a deal” as threatened by Barack Obama in 2016, Mr Biden said: “We have to work through it” and added that he would ” Let’s talk a little bit about it today.”
The lukewarm response came as he warned he felt “very strongly” about peace in Northern Ireland and would step into any threat from Brexit to a tougher border with Ireland.
The North-American USMCA agreement is a Trump-era low tariff and quota agreement and is seen as a “backdoor” to a full UK/US bilateral agreement.
Joining will mark a dramatic shift from our traditional European relations.
New Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is understood to have pitched the idea of the UK joining the USMCA to her US counterpart Antony Blinken in their first meeting on the sidelines of this week’s UN summit in New York.
Last night an insider shot down President Biden, saying: “There are many ways to do this. The question is whether the US administration is ready.
“The ball is in the US court. It takes two to tango.”
Before his meeting with President Biden in the Oval Office last night, Number 10 said the relationship with our closest ally was the best in decades.
But he risked a brawl with the leader of the free world when the PM took to US morning television to criticize Biden’s handling of his exit from Afghanistan.
Emphasizing on NBC, Mr Johnson said: “Could we have done it differently? maybe we could.”
But last night the pair lauded their green progress at the United Nations, when Mr Biden doubled down on US funding to help developing countries fight climate change.
PM’s global target of $100 billion is now set to be hit.
Tomorrow Mr Johnson will warn the United Nations that time is running out to save the planet.
He would say: “We still cling to the infantile belief with part of our mind that the world was created for our satisfaction and pleasure, and we associate this narcissism with a primitive notion of our own immortality.”