White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre revealed any efforts taken by Liz Truss’ Government to undermine the Northern Ireland Protocol would not create a conducive environment for UK-US trade talks. Ms Truss entered Number 10 on September 6 after a long-drawn-out Tory leadership race which saw her defeat ex-Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
However, the former Foreign Secretary, who took on Lord David Frost’s Brexit brief following his resignation from Boris Johnson’s Cabinet last December, introduced legislation to undo elements of the Protocol in July.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Ms Jean-Pierre said: “There is no formal linkage on trade talks between the US.”
However, she added: “But efforts to undo the Northern Ireland Protocol would not create a conducive environment.”
President Biden also spoke with Ms Truss on Tuesday.
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In a readout, the White House said: “The leaders reaffirmed the special relationship between our countries and expressed their readiness to further deepen those ties.
“President Biden and Prime Minister Truss discussed the importance of continued close cooperation on global challenges, including supporting Ukraine as it defends itself against Russian aggression, addressing the challenges posed by China, preventing Iran from ever acquiring a nuclear weapon, and securing sustainable and affordable energy resources.
“They also discussed their shared commitment to protecting the gains of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and the importance of reaching a negotiated agreement with the European Union on the Northern Ireland Protocol.”
Brexiteers have long voiced support for signing a trade deal with the US since the UK held a vote on its membership of the European Union.
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