Rishi Sunak has refused to accept the government’s failure to strike a trade deal with the US is a “broken promise”. Famously Boris Johnson’s US trade deal was supposed to spring the post Brexit Britain ahead of the rest of Europe.
Former prime minister Boris Johnson and his government had championed a US trade deal as a big Brexit bonus, while President Trump insisted in 2017 the UK was “at the front of the queue”.
Boris Johnson’s US trade deal
During a visit to the US, the prime minister was asked if he accepted “as a matter of fact” the Conservatives have not met their 2019 manifesto ambition to strike a deal with Washington within the first three years of government.
Now Rishi Sunak is blaming the pandemic and war in Ukraine for the “changing situation”.
He said: “I think you have to look at the macroeconomic situation. It’s evolved since then and it’s important the economic partnerships evolved to deal with the opportunities and threats of today.
“If you look at what’s happening now, we face more threats of our economic security. So it’s important that actually the UK and the US are talking about how do we strengthen our resilience, working together, improve the strength of our supply chains.”
Boris Johnson also sold out Britain’s farmers over dinner with the Australian PM, it has been claimed.
Johnson’s international trade secretary, Liz Truss, was “livid” when she learned of the agreement over breakfast the following morning as the leaders prepared to announce the deal before the world’s media, reports Politico.