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Boris Johnson struggles with questions on trade deals and trust

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U.Ok. Prime Minister Boris Johnson | Will Oliver/EPA

UK in talks with ‘a few dozen’ nations on future commerce offers, prime minister says.

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11/29/19, 11:56 AM CET

Up to date 11/29/19, 11:58 AM CET

LONDON — Boris Johnson couldn’t say Friday what number of commerce offers his authorities is able to conclude after Brexit.

“We’ve obtained talks underway with many nations,” Johnson mentioned in an LBC Radio interview forward of the U.Ok.’s upcoming normal election. “I can’t give the reply as to what number of offers are literally formalized.”

Pressed additional, the prime minister mentioned: “There are a variety which are nearly able to go,” and added: “I think about we’ve got a few dozen that we’re presently engaged on.”

He named India, China, Australia and New Zealand as nations that the U.Ok. is in discussions with over future agreements.

“I’m not going to say they’re oven-ready as a result of clearly they’ll must be concluded,” Johnson mentioned. “Due to the obligation of honest cooperation that we’ve got with the EU, we can’t now conclude these offers as a result of we’re nonetheless members.”

Johnson singled out China, saying: “The U.Ok. is geographically nearer to China than New Zealand is to Beijing, and but we export hardly any, if any, lamb.”

Worldwide Commerce Secretary Liz Truss mentioned in October that the federal government would prioritize commerce offers with nations that share U.Ok. values. Thus far, the federal government has signed 19 “continuity” commerce offers — which roll over agreements that exist already between third nations and the EU — with nations together with Israel, Chile, Switzerland, South Korea and Morocco.

The prime minister was additionally requested concerning the public’s lack of belief in him. “The rationale belief has been eroded is as a result of 17.four million individuals voted to depart the EU, and for 3 and a half years parliament has been paralyzed,” Johnson mentioned. On Thursday night time, the prime minister instructed ITV Information he has never told a lie in his political career.

“I’m a really energetic, hardworking man,” he added Friday. “After I say I’m going to do one thing in politics and I pledge to get on and do it, I obtain overwhelmingly what I set right down to do.”

The prime minister refused to reply when requested what number of kids he has, and whether or not he’s totally concerned in all their lives. “I’m not going to place them onto the pitch on this election marketing campaign,” he mentioned.

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Requested whether or not U.S. President Donald Trump’s endorsement of him was welcome, Johnson mentioned: “We have now very shut relationships and friendships with the USA at each stage of presidency. What we don’t do historically is become involved in one another’s election campaigns.”

Final month, Trump mentioned Johnson is “precisely the proper man for the instances.”

The U.S. president is because of go to the U.Ok. subsequent week for the NATO summit in London.

Johnson was additionally questioned on his refusal to compensate girls born within the 1950s and 1960s who had been hit by modifications within the pension age, and his guarantees to recruit extra nurses and construct extra hospitals.

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