US and UK attempt to limit damage with France following nuclear sub-crisis
Boris Johnson has said a quick UK-US trade deal is unlikely because Joe Biden “has a lot of fish to fry”.
The admission comes as the Prime Minister prepares for his first White House with the US president, after addressing the United Nations General Assembly on the climate crisis on Monday.
Referring to a possible free trade deal with the United States, Mr Johnson said Mr Biden was busy with issues such as his vast infrastructure package.
He added that US negotiators are “quite ruthless” and that he would rather get a deal that really works for the UK than get a quick deal. “
Before his visit to Washington, the conservative leader insisted he had good relations with his American counterpart, saying their relationship was “great”.
The pair are expected to discuss the climate crisis, among other topics, at the meeting. On Monday, Mr Johnson said “we are not counting our chickens” as Mr Biden would provide additional financial support for an initiative supporting developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Prime Minister accuses ministers of “freaking out” over Chevening country house battle
Boris Johnson rejected an argument between two of his ministers over control of a country house as “frippery”.
The 15-bedroom property is normally used by the foreign minister, but Dominic Raab refuses to hand it over to his successor Liz Truss, arguing that his post as deputy prime minister allows him to keep it.
Referring to the argument, the prime minister said, “The People’s Government does not bother with thrift stores and such fads. These kinds of questions will be addressed in due course. But like I said, we focus on people’s priorities.
Rory SullivanSeptember 21, 2021 9:55 AM
Truss discusses Harry Dunn with Blinken
Liz Truss spoke to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken about British teenager Harry Dunn.
The motorcyclist was killed in August 2019 when a car crashed into his motorbike outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire.
Claiming diplomatic immunity, suspect Anne Sacoolas left Britain and the US subsequently blocked a UK extradition request in January.
Charlotte Charles, the mother of the 19-year-old, told the PA News Agency: “I am so grateful that Liz Truss raised Harry with Mr. Blinken.
“It means to us the world to see Harry stay high on the agenda.
“I can only imagine how busy the new Foreign Minister is and Harry would be so proud if he was at the forefront of his mind during his first week in office. “
Rory SullivanSeptember 21, 2021 9:35 AM
In our daily political newsletter, Jon stone writes about the energy crisis and Boris Johnson’s climate speech in New York.
Rory SullivanSeptember 21, 2021 9:15 AM
Sikh MP describes racist abuse he faces for wearing a turban
Tanmanjeet Dhesi, the first British MP to wear a turban, described the racism he has faced in the UK.
Speaking on FR News, recalls the Labor politician: “When I grew up, someone – a so-called classmate of mine – thought it would be very funny to try to take my turban off.
“I was in tears and tried to come to terms with this when I was a kid, and that’s unfortunately the experience of many. “
He also described the racist abuse suffered by an Indian visitor wearing a turban outside the House of Commons. “What image will it make of our country as it returns to India?”
Rory SullivanSeptember 21, 2021 8:58 AM
Government is “negligently criminal” over lack of support for Afghan interpreters, Conservative MP says
The Department of Defense (MoD) and Home Office failed to protect Afghan interpreters who worked for the UK, a former minister said.
Johnny Mercer, who served as a soldier in Afghanistan, tweeted a biting response to the news that the Defense Ministry had compromised the security of hundreds of Afghan workers by posting their contact details in an email.
He wrote that the government was guilty of “criminally negligent performance”, which it masked with “slaps on the back” during its evacuation efforts (during Operation Pitting).
Rory SullivanSeptember 21, 2021 8:42 AM
Dozens of Afghan interpreters affected by Defense Ministry data breach
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has ordered an investigation into a data breach that endangered hundreds of Afghans who worked for Britain.
The contact details of more than 250 Afghan workers were copied into an email, the BBC reported.
In response, Congressman John Healey, the shadow defense secretary, said: “We told these Afghan interpreters that we would keep them safe, instead this violation unnecessarily put lives at risk.
“This is the Defense Department’s second major data breach this year, following the discovery of sensitive documents at a bus stop in Kent in June. Obviously, the Secretary of Defense needs to get his house in order.
Ashley Cowburn has the details:
Rory SullivanSeptember 21, 2021 8:22 AM
PM discusses taxation with Jeff Bezos
Boris Johnson discussed taxation during a meeting with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in New York on Monday, Downing Street confirmed.
“The Prime Minister raised the issue of taxation and hoped that progress could be made in implementing the G7 tax agreement,” a spokesperson said.
The duo also discussed the upcoming COP26 summit, agreeing on the “urgent need to mobilize more public and private money to help developing countries protect biodiversity”.
The British Prime Minister hailed the Bezos Earth Fund’s $ 1 billion commitment to protect forests, the spokesperson added.
Rory SullivanSeptember 21, 2021 8:07 AM
UK trade deal not a priority for Biden, Johnson admits
Joe Biden will not give priority to a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom because he has “a lot of fish to fry”, agreed Boris Johnson.
His comment came shortly before his visit to the White House on Tuesday.
Here is a report from our political editor Andrew Woodcock:
Rory SullivanSeptember 21, 2021 7:51 AM
Hello and welcome to The independents live coverage of UK politics, which will focus on Boris Johnson’s visit to the United States.