Boris Johnson, 57, admitted Britain is unlikely to get a quick trade deal with the United States. Speaking to reporters after his visit to the UN conference in New York, the prime minister also suggested that his counterpart Joe Biden, 78, should focus his administration’s efforts on rebuilding the 50 states better.
“The reality is Joe has a lot of fish to whip up,” he said.
“He has a huge infrastructure package, he has a better rebuild package.”
But Mr Johnson went on to assure reporters that Brexit Britain was still determined to pursue a free trade deal with the United States.
While on his way to visit the US President in Washington DC, the Prime Minister said, “We want to do it, but what we want is a great FTA.
He added: “I have a good experience of the American negotiations, and they are quite ruthless.
“I’d much rather get a deal that really works for the UK than get a quick deal.”
It has been suggested that the Prime Minister would use his visit to the US capital to restart talks between the UK and the US.
Britain had already held several rounds of trade negotiations with Donald Trump’s administration.
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The 45th president, who was extremely proud of his ties to Britain through his Scottish-born mother, had said he wanted to sign a “massive” trade deal with the UK.
But Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken has since said it would take “some time” for the two nations to reach a deal.
Despite this, the PM insisted that Mr Biden’s move to the Oval Office could allow the UK and US to overcome some of the hurdles in previous negotiations.
Johnson said: “On our last flight a few years ago we had all kinds of rocks in the shoe.”
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Their website said: “The EU is preventing us from signing our own trade deals with key allies like Australia or New Zealand, and growing economies like India, China or Brazil.
“We will be free to seize new opportunities, which means more jobs.”
Britain has been unable to negotiate its own trade deals for almost 48 years after being locked into the European Union’s customs union.
But since leaving the bloc, Britain has signed new trade deals with Brussels, Canberra and Tokyo, struck a recall deal with EFTA members Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, and renewed trade agreements with more than 60 non-EU countries.