Don’t need US! Post-Brexit Biden trade fears shut down – deal ‘not critical’ to UK success

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The Environment Secretary told BBC Breakfast that a trade deal with America would open up interesting opportunities to Britain. But the Conservative MP stressed that securing a trade agreement with the US was not pivotal to the UK’s economic success. 

Mr Eustice said: “We already do a huge amount of trade with the United States.

“If we can get a free trade agreement it opens up lots of opportunities.

“But a trade deal with the US is not critical to our economic success.

“It is just if we could get it the trade deal with the US would create some additional opportunities.”

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On Monday morning, the BBC’s political correspondent Jonathan Blake claimed Boris Johnson’s “bromance” with Donald Trump has been broken up by Joe Biden.

Mr Blake told BBC Breakfast that despite the fact Joe Biden is set to replace Donald Trump as US President, he does not expect a big shift in UK-US relations overnight.

He added that Mr Biden thinks Brexit is a bad idea and has previously compared the UK’s Prime Minister to a clone of Mr Trump. 

Mr Blake said: “Joe Biden may have broken up the political bromance between Boris Johnson and Donald Trump but that doesn’t necessarily mean there is going to be a big shift in UK-US relations overnight.

“The relationship between the two countries has of course been strong for centuries.

“How strong can depend on the political and personal relationship between the leaders of each of these countries.

“With Boris Johnson and Joe Biden what is the starting point? Well, they have never met.

“Last year Joe Biden described Boris Johnson as a physical and emotional clone of Donald Trump.

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“Then there is Brexit which Joe Biden thinks is a bad idea.

“Taking the UK out of the EU is, of course, the lynchpin of Boris Johnson’s premiership.”

On Sunday, the UK’s Prime Minister congratulated Mr Biden and Ms Harris on winning the 2020 US election.

Mr Johnson said: “Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as President of the United States and to Kamala Harris on her historic achievement. “The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.”

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