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UK could bid to join US, Canada and Mexico trade partnership, The independent understands, after Boris Johnson admitted that a bilateral deal with Washington was not in sight for the foreseeable future.
Speaking ahead of a White House meeting with Joe Biden, the Prime Minister had suggested “the reality is Joe has a lot of fish to fry,” adding: “They are pretty ruthless, US negotiators, and I would much prefer getting a deal that really works for the UK than getting a deal quick.
But a senior UK government official said the unexpected move to join the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement was an option London wanted to pursue, adding: “There are a variety of different ways of doing it. to do. The question is whether the US administration is ready. The ball is in the court of the United States. It takes two to tango. “
The climate crisis was expected to be high on the couple’s agenda in Washington DC on Tuesday, with Mr Johnson having traveled by train from New York, where he addressed the United Nations General Assembly.
The PM hailed a new pledge by Mr Biden – ahead of the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow – to double US financial assistance to help developing countries tackle the climate crisis, describing the “massive contribution Washington’s “$ 11.4 billion a year by 2024 was a” very, very good start “toward its goal of raising $ 100 billion from world leaders, while warning” that there is still a long way to go ”.
The Prime Minister had already appeared on Today’s NBC Show, where he tried to unravel the mystery about how many children he has, describing himself as a father of six. He is expecting his seventh child with his wife Carrie, the mother of his son Wilfred.
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Andy GregorySeptember 21, 2021 11:57 PM
Hello and welcome to The independents live coverage of UK politics, which will focus on Boris Johnson’s visit to the United States.
Rory sullivanSeptember 21, 2021 7:48 AM
UK trade deal not a priority for Biden, Johnson admits
Joe Biden will not give priority to a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom because he has “a lot of fish to fry”, agreed Boris Johnson.
His comment came shortly before his visit to the White House on Tuesday.
Here is a report from our political editor Andrew Woodcock:
Rory sullivanSeptember 21, 2021 7:51 AM
PM discusses taxation with Jeff Bezos
Boris Johnson discussed taxation during a meeting with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in New York on Monday, Downing Street confirmed.
“The prime minister raised the issue of taxation and hoped that progress could be made in implementing the G7 tax agreement,” a spokesperson said.
The duo also discussed the upcoming COP26 summit, agreeing on the “urgent need to mobilize more public and private money to help developing countries protect biodiversity”.
The British Prime Minister hailed the Bezos Earth Fund’s $ 1 billion commitment to protect forests, the spokesperson added.
Rory sullivanSeptember 21, 2021 8:07 AM
Dozens of Afghan interpreters affected by Defense Ministry data breach
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has ordered an investigation into a data breach that endangered hundreds of Afghans who worked for Britain.
The contact details of more than 250 Afghan workers were copied into an email, the BBC reported.
In response, Congressman John Healey, the shadow defense secretary, said: “We told these Afghan interpreters that we would keep them safe, instead this violation unnecessarily put lives at risk.
“This is the Defense Department’s second major data breach this year, following the discovery of sensitive documents at a bus stop in Kent in June. Obviously, the Secretary of Defense needs to get his house in order.
Ashley cowburn has the details:
Rory sullivanSeptember 21, 2021 8:22 AM
Government is “negligently criminal” over lack of support for Afghan interpreters, Conservative MP says
The Department of Defense (MoD) and Home Office failed to protect Afghan interpreters who worked for the UK, a former minister said.
Johnny Mercer, who served as a soldier in Afghanistan, tweeted a biting response to the news that the Defense Ministry had compromised the security of hundreds of Afghan workers by posting their contact details in an email.
He wrote that the government was guilty of “criminally negligent performance”, which it masked with “slaps on the back” during its evacuation efforts (during Operation Pitting).
Rory sullivanSeptember 21, 2021 8:42 AM
Sikh MP describes racist abuse he faces for wearing a turban
Tanmanjeet Dhesi, the first British MP to wear a turban, described the racism he has faced in the UK.
Speaking on FR News, recalls the Labor politician: “When I grew up, someone – a so-called classmate of mine – thought it would be very funny to try to take my turban off.
“I was in tears and tried to come to terms with this as a child, and unfortunately that is the experience of many.”
He also described the racist abuse suffered by an Indian visitor wearing a turban outside the House of Commons. “What image will it make of our country as it returns to India?”
Rory sullivanSeptember 21, 2021 8:58 AM
In our daily political newsletter, Jon stone writes about the energy crisis and Boris Johnson’s climate speech in New York.
Rory sullivanSeptember 21, 2021 9:15 AM
Truss discusses Harry Dunn with Blinken
Liz Truss spoke to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken about British teenager Harry Dunn.
The motorcyclist was killed in August 2019 when a car crashed into his motorbike outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire.
Claiming diplomatic immunity, suspect Anne Sacoolas left Britain and the US subsequently blocked a UK extradition request in January.
Charlotte Charles, the mother of the 19-year-old, told the PA News Agency: “I am so grateful that Liz Truss raised Harry with Mr. Blinken.
“It means to us the world to see Harry stay high on the agenda.
“I can only imagine how busy the new Foreign Secretary is and Harry would be so proud if he was at the forefront of his mind during his first week in office.”
Rory sullivanSeptember 21, 2021 9:35 AM
Prime Minister accuses ministers of ‘fripper’ over battle for Chevening country house
Boris Johnson rejected an argument between two of his ministers over control of a country house as “frippery”.
The 15-bedroom property is normally used by the foreign minister, but Dominic Raab refuses to hand it over to his successor Liz Truss, arguing that his post as deputy prime minister allows him to keep it.
Referring to the argument, the prime minister said, “The People’s Government does not bother with thrift stores and such fads. These kinds of questions will be addressed in due course. But like I said, we focus on people’s priorities.
Rory sullivanSeptember 21, 2021 9:55 AM