The UK began two days of talks with the United States on Monday, hoping for progress to secure a coveted post-Brexit free change deal.
International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan was hosting her US counterpart Katherine Tai in Aberdeen, northeast Scotland, and London.
The two men met in Baltimore at the end of March and announced an agreement to end tariffs on imports of metals and aluminum imposed by former US President Donald Trump.
Trevelyan made no mention of a free trade deal in comments Sunday night ahead of the talks, instead calling the meeting a “second transatlantic dialogue” that would focus on “agreed priority areas.”
They include the digital and innovation sectors, sustainable trade, support for small and medium enterprises and supply chain resilience.
“This dialogue gives us a platform to explore more modern means of digital trading,” Trevelyan said.
“It will identify and address barriers to trade to make it cheaper and easier for businesses in Scotland and across the UK to do business with our American friends.”
The UK left the European Union altogether in January 2021 and has sought deals across the world to boost international trade.
A deal with Washington is seen as a priority, but President Joe Biden’s administration has been more lukewarm than his predecessor.
Biden, an Irish-American, and senior Democrats have warned Johnson that a deal will not be on the table if London’s ongoing row with Brussels over Brexit-subject trade in Northern Ireland influences the hard-won peace .
British and British experienced events in the British-ruled province declare that the unique association governing the transport of goods from mainland Britain has firmly abandoned Northern Ireland, threatening its sovereignty.