Decades-old US ban on British lamb to be lifted, says Boris Johnson

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British lamb exports to the US will soon resume after being banned for more than 20 years for the mad cow disease epidemic, Boris Johnson has said.

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But haggis will not be included in the lifting of the restrictions, as offal products are considered separate from red meat.

Washington lifted a beef ban from Britain last year, and US President Joe Biden indicated in talks with the prime minister at the White House on Tuesday that lamb was likely to benefit from the exemption as well.


Downing Street said the final details were yet to be worked out, but a formal agreement should be reached soon.

The move would be some consolation for Mr Johnson, who was forced to admit that his long-cherished dream of a comprehensive post-Brexit free trade deal with the US was firmly on the back burner.

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The UK government is considering the option of joining the North American Free Trade Area (USMCA) along with the US, Mexico and Canada.

But Mr Johnson’s official spokesman clarified that the initiative was still not past its embryonic stage and was not a current priority.

“What we are focusing on is the US deal,” the spokesman said. “There are no plans to go beyond this at this stage. That’s a priority for us.”


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