Timetable for UK-US trade deal is “tight”: Boris Johnson

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked for flexibility from the US over US-UK trade agreement, which is expected to be completed in 12 months.

The UK said its a due “tight” timetable.

Both the leaders met for the first-time face to face in Biarritz on Sunday and Trump talked up the prospects for a US-UK trade agreement.

Trump said they would sign a “very big trade deal, bigger than we’ve ever had,” once the UK is freed from the “anchor” of the EU around its “ankle”.

The US would like to do a deal within a year, but while he would “love” to achieve that, “to do it all within a year is going to be tight,” Johnson said.

Johnson confirmed he had reiterated his opposition to the NHS being opened up to US firms as part of any trade deal – and to the UK lowering animal welfare standards to US levels to get a deal.

“Not only have I made clear of that, but the president has also made that very, very clear. There is complete unanimity on that point,” he said. He suggested there would be “tough talks ahead”.

During the G7 summit, Johnson said that the UK government would press for the US to lower trade barriers on goods like cauliflowers to shower trays.

Trump praised Johnson as “the right man” to deliver Brexit.

Trump also gave his advice over Brexit and said, “He [Johnson] needs no advice. He is the right man for the job.” Johnson said Trump was “on message there”.

Johnson also spoke about his meeting with Trump while end route to Biarritz. He said he was “very, very concerned” about the tit-for-tat conflict between the US and China.

UK and US have imposed tariffs on a swathe of each other’s imports, as the White House accuses Beijing of unfair competition.

On this, Johnson said: “This is not the way to proceed. Apart from anything else, those who support the tariffs are at risk of incurring the blame for the downturn in the global economy, irrespective of whether that is true.

“I want to see an opening up of global trade, I want to see a dialling down of tensions, and I want to see tariffs come off.”

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