WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden has hinted that he has no plans to give UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson a trade victory.
When asked at a meeting between the two men at the White House on Tuesday whether Britain was “at the back of the queue” for a deal with Washington, Biden said: “We’re going to have to remediate”.
The line “behind the queue” refers to the warning issued by former President Barack Obama during the Brexit referendum campaign in 2016 – that the United States would look to more partners first. important for trade agreements.
“As for the UK, this continues to be discussed,” Biden said in the Oval Office.
But he warned Johnson not to put the peace in Northern Ireland at risk, amid continuing tensions over opening its borders with Britain and the Republic of Ireland due to new post-Brexit customs checks .
Biden said he felt “strongly” for the Northern Ireland Protocol – the new set of rules for border management.
“We spent a tremendous amount of time and effort, the United States, it was a major bipartisan effort done,” he explained. “And I wouldn’t at all like to see, and I might add that many of my fellow Republicans would like to see, a change in the Irish agreements, the end result having a closed border in Ireland.”