US-UK trade deal off the table as Sunak plans visit to Washington

UK prime minister Rishi Sunak will fly to Washington next week for a meeting with US president Joe Biden — but there will be no attempt to forge a bilateral trade deal.

Downing Street on Tuesday announced the visit, saying it would be a chance for the two countries to enhance their “co-operation and co-ordination” on issues including securing supply chains and transitioning to zero carbon.

“It will also be an opportunity to discuss issues including sustaining our support for Ukraine as we build on the success of our G7 summit in the run-up to the Nato summit in July.”

A Number 10 spokesperson said the UK was no longer seeking a trade deal with the US.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the two would discuss “efforts to continue strengthening our economic relationship” and that they would also “review developments in Northern Ireland”.

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