CM – The US Secretary of State says the US-UK free trade agreement will take « some time » to be approved


Secretary of State Dominic Raab (right) greets US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left), who arrives during the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting at Lancaster House, London
– Credit: PA

The UK-United States’ post-Brexit free trade agreement will « take some time, » warned US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Blinken said President Joe Biden’s new trade negotiator, Katherine Tai, would become Take time to review the talks with the Trump administration before continuing.

In an interview with BBC Radio 4 Today, he emphasized the importance of the president in upholding the achievements of the peace process in Northern Ireland.

Blinken, who was in London for the G7 Foreign Ministers meeting, said he believed the US and UK were « deeply in sync ».

However, he said the US wanted to make sure that any trade deal will benefit American workers and their families.

« Our trade negotiator has just started work so she takes the time to go back and practice We are going to review what has been discussed and it will take some time, « he said.

 » We want to make sure that any arrangements made, whether with the UK or with others, are in accordance with the principles set out by President Biden to ensure that these agreements genuinely promote the well-being of our workers and their families.  » That is our focus. « 

Given the ongoing tensions in Northern Ireland over the implementation of the Brexit divorce deal, Blinken said the US is » very focused « on maintaining the Good Friday Agreement.

 » We want to make sure that, whether with the UK or the EU, whether we do something to maintain the enormous gains from the Good Friday Agreement and that the economic and political well-being of Northern Ireland is preserved, « he said.

Regarding Iran, Blinken said that US has shown its « seriousness and intent » trying to strike a new nuclear deal after Donald Trump tore up the internationally agreed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

He said, however, Tehran must show that it is willing to comply with the terms of the agreement – to curb its ability to develop a nuclear weapon – since Bed They insist that it is on the verge of reaching a « breakout » capability.

« Compliance is compliance and we don’t know if Iran is ready to make the same decision and move forward, » he said.

« At the moment, Iran itself has unfortunately lifted many of the restrictions imposed by the agreement because we have withdrawn, and it is now getting closer and closer to the point where its breakout time will be shortened to a few months and ultimately even less », he said.

« So there’s nothing naive about that. On the contrary, it is a very clear way of dealing with an issue that has been effectively addressed by the JCPOA, and we have to see if we can do the same again. « 

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