In a blow to Boris Johnson’s hopes of a rapid boost in transatlantic business, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the White House will review talks begun by Donald Trump. But Mr Blinken, in London for a summit of foreign ministers of G7 leading industrialised nations, also insisted the US and the UK were “profoundly in sync”.
The envoy said Katherine Tai, President Biden’s new trade negotiator, would look in detail at the Trump talks.
He said: “Our trade negotiator just got on the job, so she’s taking the time to go back and review everything that was discussed and that’s going to take some time.”
Mr Blinken said she would make “sure that these agreements really advance the wellbeing of our workers and their families”.
Amid tensions in Northern Ireland over the Brexit settlement, Mr Blinken said the US was “very focused” on maintaining the Good Friday Agreement.
Former Cabinet minister John Redwood said he was not surprised at the delay to UK-US trade talks, saying the administration is “wanting to revise its whole approach to trade negotiations globally, not just with us”.