Brexit: Jeremy Vine caller says UK should 'walk away' with no deal
The Democrat beat Donald Trump at the US election last month and is set to be inaugurated in January. But hopes of a trade deal with the UK has been sidelined by the President-elect.
Speaking to the New York Times, Mr Biden said: “I want to make sure we’re going to fight like hell by investing in America first.
“I’m not going to enter any new trade agreement with anybody until we have made major investments here at home and in our workers.”
Negotiations with the US for a possible trade deal have been ongoing since May this year.
But formal trade talks cannot resume until Mr Biden is inaugurated.
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James Watson of Oxford Economics, said: “He’s no pure free-trade.
“Joe Biden’s trade policy promises a more multilateral, but still protectionist, approach.
“We expect Biden’s trade policy to represent a break with the last for years but not a return to the pre-2016 free trade agenda.”
Mr Watson added the Democrat would seek to “repair tis with traditional allies, particular in Europe”.
He said: “A renewed multilateral approach to trade will mean an end to scattergun tariff threats against allies, as well as some outright tariff cuts that will benefit US industry.”
Brexit negotiations have been gridlocked over fisheries, state aid and regulation.
In an attempt to break the impasse, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tried to modify the Northern Ireland protocol with a new piece of legislation – the Internal Market Bill.
Part of the withdrawal agreement between the EU and UK early this year, the Northern Ireland protocol was designed to ensure the border on the island of Ireland remains open to maintain peace – as enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement.
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Mr Biden warned Ireland must “not become a casualty” of Brexit, intervening to try and dissuade Mr Johnson from following through with the Internal Market Bill.
Even before winning the election, Mr Biden warned: “We can’t allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit.
“Any trade deal between the US and UK must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period.”
Mr Biden has also been a critic of Brexit since the UK voted to leave the EU in 2016.
Last month, Mr Johnson said he is hopeful for a trade agreement with the US but said the deal will not be a “pushover”.
He said “On the trade deal with the US, I’m a keen student of the United States’ trade policy and they’re tough negotiators.
“And I’ve never believed that this was going to be something that was going to be a complete pushover under any US administration.
“I think there’s a good chance we’ll do something.
“[International trade secretary] Liz Truss and her team have made a huge amount of progress and we’ll get on.”
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