Joe Biden snubs Britain: US risks provoking outrage with Brexit punishment

Liz Truss admits she would have voted for Brexit in retrospect

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Washington yesterday offered to suspend the tariffs first implemented by Donald Trump. An agreed quota of steel and aluminium would be allowed to enter the US duty-free each year.

The deal proposed to Japan reflects a similar deal agreed with the EU in October.

Brussels and the US agreed the 25 percent tariffs on steel and 10 percent tariffs on aluminium would only be activated after quotas have been met.

While the US has offered a truce with both the EU and Japan, no such deal has been given to the UK.

The measures were imposed on Britain while it was still a part of the EU trade bloc.

President Joe Biden’s decision to leave the UK out in the cold as he makes deals with other parts of the world will leave the Government furious.

Just last week Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan held discussions on steel while in the US.

She said: “We had a very frank conversation.”

“I was very clear that the pressures we are under to use countervailing measures if we can’t solve the problem are becoming more acute,” the minister added.

“I am very keen that we solve this with what is our closest ally in the US through a positive removal.”

It has been widely reported the US is continuing to shun the UK in its discussions as punishment for Lord Frost’s approach to Northern Ireland protocol negotiations.

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Mr Biden has repeatedly warned the Prime Minister not to do anything which risks undermining the Good Friday Agreement.

While Britain argues the peace process is being undermined by the Protocol, the US has sided with the EU in claiming it is the only way to ensure the Good Friday Agreement is upheld.

Lord Frost has threatened to suspend aspects of the Protocol if Brussels does not renegotiate the deal.

A spokesperson for the Department for International Trade confirmed the US stance by responding: “We do not see any connection with this particular issue and the Northern Ireland Protocol and it will in no way affect the UK’s approach.

“That is because significant changes are needed to the Protocol in order to protect the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement and Northern Ireland’s place in the UK internal market”.

Last month Gareth Stace, director-general of industry body UK Steel, warned the US’s favouritism of other countries would badly impact Britain.

He said: “On the 1st January, steelmakers in the EU will gain a significant price advantage over their UK counterparts.

“Already, customers in the United States will be factoring in January 2022 prices to their plans for the next year, which of course risks the UK sector losing market share in the US, to EU exporters.”

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