Boris is hopeful for Brexit trade deal with US but insists it will not be a ‘pushover’
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Millions of Americans took to the polls to vote for the new President of the United States. Despite repeatedly claiming voter fraud, Donald Trump lost the election to his Democrat rival.
But as a crucial US-UK Brexit trade deal is still up in the air, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is hoping to smooth things over with the Democrat.
Mr Johnson told the AP news agency: “On the trade deal with the US, I’m a keen student of the United States’ trade policy and they’re tough negotiators.
“And I’ve never believed that this was going to be something that was going to be a complete pushover under any US administration.
“I think there’s a good chance we’ll do something.
“[International trade secretary] Liz Truss and her team have made a huge amount of progress and we’ll get on.”
Democrat senator Chris Coons told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show talks with Britain will not be a priority at the moment for Mr Biden.
Mr Coons said: “We’re going to have our hands full working through the pandemic now that it is surging again in both of our nations, restring the vibrancy of our economy.”
Following Mr Biden’s election, Mr Johnson has an uphill challenge as the Democrat previously described the Prime Minister as a “physical and emotional clone” of Trump.
Mr Trump was a supporter of both Brexit and a trade agreement between the two nations, but Mr Biden has warned an agreement will be off the table.
Earlier this year, with the introduction of the Internal Market Bill, Mr Biden warned: “We can’t allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit.
“Any trade deal between the US and UK must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period.”
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While congratulating the new President, Mr Johnson said: “The United States is our closet and most important ally, and that’s been the case under president after president, prime minister after prime minister.
“It won’t change.
“I look forward to working with President Biden and his team on a lot of crucial stuff for us in the weeks and months ahead – tackling climate change, trade, international security and many, many, many, many other issues.
“I think now with President Biden in the White House in Washington, we have the real prospect of American global leadership in tackling climate change.
“The UK was the first major country to set out that objective of net zero by 2050.
“We led the way a few years ago.
“And we’re really hopeful now that President Biden will follow and will help us to deliver a really good outcome of the COP26 summit next year in Glasgow.”
Since the election defeat, Mr Trump has filed several lawsuits claiming voting fraud.
Several senior Republicans have since distanced themselves from the outgoing president amid reports he will refuse to leave the White House.
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