Rishi Sunak hints he has given up on a US trade deal after admitting the subject didn’t even come up during G20 talks with Joe Biden
- Rishi Sunak and Joe Biden did not discuss a UK-US trade deal at G20 in Bali
- The PM is ‘filled with optimism’ about UK’s ability to do more trade with the US
- But US desire to sell agricultural goods to UK is a sticking point in a deal
- America has lower standards and British farmers could be undercut by these
Rishi Sunak has suggested he has given up hope of a trade deal with America any time soon.
Speaking at the G20 summit in Bali, he revealed that a potential trade treaty was not even discussed during talks with US President Joe Biden yesterday morning.
The Government had promised a post-Brexit trade deal with the US by this year.
Speaking at the G20 summit in Bali, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (pictured) revealed that a potential trade treaty was not even discussed during talks with US President Joe Biden yesterday morning
Rishi Sunak’s meeting with Mr Biden was described as ‘very friendly and warm’ by the PM’s spokesman. Pictured: U.S. President Joe Biden, right, listens to British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit meeting yesterday
But Mr Sunak said: ‘We didn’t discuss the trade deal in particular, but we did discuss our economic partnership and both of us acknowledged the fact that the US is our single largest trading partner.
‘I’m filled with optimism about our ability to do more trade with the US to deepen our economic relationship.’
However, the lack of specific discussions about a trade treaty suggests both sides are struggling to find common ground.
One sticking point has been that the US wants to sell agricultural goods to the UK as part of any deal.
But America’s standards in this area are lower and it could force British farmers to lower theirs or be undercut by cheaper imports.
The meeting with Mr Biden was described as ‘very friendly and warm’ by the PM’s spokesman.
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