US: ‘Highly likely we would get a trade deal’ says Longworth
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Trade Minister Greg Hands has insisted a trans-Atlantic trade deal between the UK and US is “definitely plausible” in Joe Biden’s first term as US president. Mr Biden and Boris Johnson are set to hold discussions during this week’s G7 summit in Cornwall. Tensions over the Northern Ireland protocol have led some commentators to speculate Mr Biden may pull the plug on trade talks with the US leader reportedly warning the UK Government over “worsening tensions” in Ireland and Europe over Brexit.
Times Radio host Stig Abel said: “Biden is over here and no doubt trade deals will be discussed.
“Is it plausible that a US trade deal could take place within Joe Biden’s first term as president?”
Mr Hands replied: “Well look it is definitely plausible but what the two leaders are launching today is a new Atlantic charter.
“80 years ago Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt joined each other in 1941 to map out a program for world recovery from World War 2.
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“Today Boris Johnson and Joe Biden will be launching a new version of the Atlantic Charter on US-UK cooperation in key areas.
“Not just in fighting the current pandemic but looking at future pandemics, fighting climate change, enhancing the world trading system.
“Also on security and cyber and a number of other things.
“This is going to be a new Atlantic Charter launched today which I think will be important in US-UK cooperation.”
Joe Biden 'inflaming' Northern Ireland tensions says Mulvaney
It comes as Mr Hands erupted on GMB after being confronted with a clip of Boris Johnson from 2019 in which the Prime Minister can be heard to pledge there would be no checks on Northern Irish goods after Brexit.
“No forms, no checks, no barriers, that was November 2019, was he lying?” pressed host Ben Shepard.
Mr Hands replied: “Well I haven’t seen that entire clip.”
“You heard it, whether or not you could see it you could hear what he was saying,” interrupted the GMB host.
“Okay well allow me to answer,” replied the minister before he was cut-off again leading him to snap, “let me answer!”
Mr Hands continued: “There is a difference between trade from Great Britain to Northern Ireland compared to from Northern Ireland to Great Britain. The unfettered access made well be, I can’t see the whole clip, may well be referring to trade from Northern Ireland to Great Britain.”
It comes after The Times reported that President Joe Biden’s top diplomat in Britain, Yael Lempert, gave Brexit Minister Lord Frost a dressing down last week over Northern Ireland.
Mr Lempert is said to have accused the UK Government was of “inflaming” tensions in Ireland and Europe by endangering the Good Friday Agreement over custom checks at ports.
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