- Liz Truss says a post-Brexit trade deal with the US is not a ‘be all and be all’
- Foreign Secretary says UK has ‘huge pipeline of deals’ in coming months
- The trade deal with the UK is not a priority after the White House made it clear
Liz Truss insisted today that a post-Brexit trade deal with the US is not the ‘all and end’ as she refused to complete a deal by 2030.
The foreign secretary said the UK had ‘a huge pipeline of deals’ ready for months to come and told the US: ‘We are ready when you are ready’.
The White House has clarified that a trade deal with Britain is not an immediate priority for Joe Biden, calling into question the strength of the ‘special relationship’.
But Ms Truss said at an event at the Conservative Party convention in Manchester that she was “not at all concerned” about the relationship between London and Washington DC.
Liz Truss insisted today that a post-Brexit trade deal with the US is not the ‘all and end’ as she refused to commit to a deal to be completed by 2030.
The White House has made it clear that a trade deal with Britain is not an immediate priority for Joe Biden
A trade deal with the US was billed by Brexiteers as one of the main rewards of leaving the EU.
But with talks stalling after Mr Biden became president, accepting a deal with Downing Street is a long way off.
Boris Johnson’s recent visit to the White House did not bring any breakthrough on the issue.
The prime minister’s official spokesman at the time said: ‘It’s not like they’re not going to do a full stop.
‘What the prime minister is saying is that it’s not going to be the focus of the president right now for various reasons within America.’
Ms Truss was asked at lunch if she believed a trade deal with the US would be signed by the end of the decade.
He replied: ‘Well, I don’t agree with you that that’s all and end of business.
‘Anne-Marie Trevelyan who is completely stuck in the business job, is going to make deals with India, deals with Israel, with the Gulf, to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
‘There’s a huge pipeline of deals and my message to Americans is we’re ready when you’re ready but there’s a whole world out there, lots of fast growing parts of the world that want to do business with Britain.’
Asked whether he was concerned about the long-term future of the ‘special relationship’, the cabinet minister said: ‘I am not at all worried about the future of the special relationship’.
‘We have a very close and positive relationship with the United States. We work very closely on security.
‘The agreement we recently signed with Australia to provide nuclear-powered submarines shows that we are expanding those security links.’
Ms Truss also said she had no concerns about Mr Biden’s leadership, telling Tory workers: ‘The prime minister and I had an hour-and-a-half meeting with President Biden.
‘It was a very positive meeting. We talked about everything from trade to our security partnership to the future of a free world.
“The great thing about Biden is that he is a great democrat and he is very clear that he is going to fight for democracy, he wants to work to challenge authoritarian rule.
‘I think that hour and a half meeting showed the depth of our relationship but also their determination to do so.’