Boris Johnson has hailed “actual progress” on US-UK commerce – regardless of his earlier refusal to decide to securing a free commerce deal between the 2 nations by the point of the subsequent basic election.
Talking as he met US Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington DC, the prime minister spoke of British and American collaboration on points reminiscent of local weather change and Afghanistan.
“On commerce we’re seeing actual progress,” Mr Johnson mentioned, as he welcomed the tip of a “curious ban” on imports of British beef.
Nevertheless, the prime minister’s positivity got here simply hours after he failed to commit to securing a post-Brexit trade agreement between the US and UK by 2024.
Stood at a podium alongside Ms Harris within the vice-president’s workplace within the White Home complicated, Mr Johnson additionally praised the “courageous” US army for its position in evacuating Kabul airport following the autumn of Afghanistan to Taliban management.
The prime minister thanked the US for the “nice enchancment on the earlier association” for permitting full vaccinated Britons to go to America once more.
And he welcomed the extra contribution to the $100bn pledge to sort out local weather change made by US President Joe Biden.
“In the present day was an excellent day for the world,” Mr Johnson mentioned. “It was,” Ms Harris added.
Following the pair’s talks, the prime minister was resulting from maintain a gathering with Mr Biden in a while Tuesday.