PM admits trade deal with UK not priority for Biden ahead of White House visit

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Boris Johnson has said a fast trade deal between Britain and the US is unlikely, as Joe Biden has “a lot of fish to fry”.

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After addressing the United Nations General Assembly about the climate crisis on Monday, the prime minister entered with the US president as a preparation for his first White House.

Referring to a possible free trade deal with the US, Mr Johnson said Mr Biden was busy with matters such as his massive infrastructure package.


He said US negotiators are “quite ruthless” and he would prefer a deal that actually works for the UK, rather than getting a quick deal.

Before his visit to Washington, the Tory leader insisted he had a good relationship with his American counterpart, saying their relationship was “fantastic”.

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The pair are expected to discuss the climate crisis among other topics during the meeting. On Monday, Mr Johnson said “we are not counting our chickens” that Mr Biden would give additional financial support to an initiative supporting developing countries to curb greenhouse gas emissions.


Dozens of Afghan interpreters affected by MoD data breach

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has ordered an investigation into a data breach that has put hundreds of Afghans working for Britain at risk.

Details of more than 250 Afghan workers were copied in an email, BBC informed of.

In response, the Shadow Defense Secretary, John Healy MP, said: “We told these Afghan interpreters that we would keep them safe, instead this breach unnecessarily put lives at risk.

“This is the second major data breach by the MoD this year, following the discovery of sensitive documents at a bus stop in Kent in June. Obviously, the Defense Secretary needs to organize his house.”

Ashley Cowburn The details are:

Dozens of Afghan interpreters hit by defense ministry data breach

MoD has apologized in a statement

Rory Sullivan21 September 2021 08:22

PM discusses taxation with Jeff Bezos

Downing Street has confirmed that Boris Johnson discussed taxation during a meeting with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in New York on Monday.

“The Prime Minister raised the issue of taxation and expressed the hope that progress can be made in implementing the G7 Agreement on Taxes,” a spokesman said.

The pair also discussed the upcoming Cop26 summit, agreeing on “the urgent need for developing countries to raise more public and private funds to help protect biodiversity”.

The spokesman said the British prime minister welcomed the Bezos Earth Fund’s $1 billion pledge to protect forests.

Rory Sullivan21 September 2021 08:07

UK trade deal not a priority for Biden, admits Johnson

Joe Biden will not prioritize a free trade deal with Britain because he has “a lot of fish to fry”, Boris Johnson has admitted.

His remarks came shortly before his visit to the White House on Tuesday.

Here’s a report from our Politics Editor Andrew Woodcock:

Trade deal with Britain is not Biden’s priority, Boris Johnson admits

Admission on eve of White House meeting dashes dreams of Brexit benefits

Rory Sullivan21 September 2021 07:51

good morning and welcome independent Live UK politics coverage, which will focus on Boris Johnson’s US visit.

Rory Sullivan21 September 2021 07:48




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