Speaking to journalists at today’s Downing Street briefing, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said Boris Johnson could meet US President Donald Trump in Washington next month when he travels to the US for the G7. The G7 meeting summit of world leaders is due to take place from June 10-12 at Camp David. Downing Street said it is in close contact with the White House about the event, and is keeping a close eye on the situation over the coming days.
On Thursday, the Mr Johnson’s official spokesman said: The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said yesterday: “We are in close contact with the US in the run-up to the summit.
“We will need to look at the details of what the US are proposing.
“Hosting arrangements for the G7 are a matter for the country that holds the current G7 presidency, in this case the US.
“The PM continues to work with the G7 to ensure a co-ordinated international response to the coronavirus pandemic.”
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Downing Street also said Mr Johnson would “follow guidelines” around international travel during the current coronavirus crisis.
But it is not clear whether the Prime Minister would have to enter a quarantine period of two weeks following his return to the UK in following the latest travel advice released earlier this week.
Travel restrictions are now in place for passengers from Europe.
The continent is home to four of the G7 nations – the UK, France, Germany and Italy.
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The US and neighbouring Canada have now agreed to keep their shared border closed to all non-essential travel until at least June 21 in a further step to limit the spread of coronavirus.
But Mr Trump is determined to go ahead with the G7 summit.
The US President tweeted: “Now that our country is ‘Transitioning back to Greatness’, I am considering rescheduling the G7, on the same or similar date, in Washington DC, at the legendary Camp David.
“The other members are also beginning their comeback.
“It would be a great sign to all – normalisation!”
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The visit comes as the UK looks to ramp up negotiations with the US on a post-Brexit trade deal.
Earlier this week, it was announced the UK and US negotiating teams will hold two virtual meetings next month after the first formal round of talks between the two sides ended last Friday.
The opening round of talks covered a number of areas such as small and medium enterprises (SMEs), financial services, investment, legal barriers to trade and agriculture.
The UK negotiators are understood to have emphasised to the US team that Britain would not be willing to compromise on food standards and reiterated the NHS would not be part of any deal.
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International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said: “A number of areas showed particular progress, including where both teams identified positive alignment between respective negotiating positions.
“They identified a mutually high ambition for services, investment and digital trade, among other areas.
“Both sides also set out a mutual commitment to creating new opportunities for businesses on both sides of the Atlantic and to delivering benefits for workers, consumers and farmers.”
She added the next round will see the UK and US bring detailed proposals to the negotiating table as they try to strike a “comprehensive trade deal…at an accelerated pace”.
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The developing trade talks with the US are running in parallel with negotiations between the UK and US on a post-Brexit deal.
But these talk have already descended into chaos, with both sides trading blows as divisions over a number of areas in any deal continue to deepen.
Mr Johnson has insisted he wants a trade deal signed with Brussels before the end of the transition period on December 31.
The UK has until June 30 to request an extension to the transition period – which the EU is pressing London on – but the Prime Minister has repeated this will not be happening.
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