Non-Committal Biden Says US-UK Free Trade Deal “Continuing To Be Discussed”

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British Prime Minister hailed recent “great strides” in London-Washington relations (File)

Washington:

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday refrained from committing to a free trade agreement with the UK, saying only the issue was under discussion during the UK Prime Minister’s reception at the White House .

“We’re going to have to fix it,” said Biden, standing next to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in response to a question about a deal Britain is pushing for.

Biden said the deal “continues to be discussed.”

The American Democratic President also warned that he “would not like to see, and I must not add, that many of my Republican colleagues would like to see, a change in the Irish agreements” following the exit of the United Kingdom of the European Union, but insisted they were “two different subjects”.

Last week, Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, tied respect for the Northern Ireland peace agreement, which provides for an open border with the Republic of Ireland, to any trade negotiations with London.

The British government is currently involved in post-Brexit negotiations with the European bloc on customs arrangements for Northern Ireland.

The British Prime Minister hailed the recent “great strides” in relations between London and Washington, calling it “fantastic” the lifting of restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic on foreign travelers wishing to enter the United States.

Johnson also praised the new strategic deal between his country, the United States and Australia, which has sparked fury in France, whose own submarine-building deal for Australia was canceled as a result.

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