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Johnson's meeting with Trump postponed until June - the Sun

 

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Downing Street in London, Britain February 13, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

 

(Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has postponed a trip to the United States to meet U.S. President Donald Trump so he can stay at home to focus on delivering his domestic agenda, the Sun newspaper reported late on Thursday.

 

The decision to delay the trip would be a further blow to relations between the close allies who are set to begin discussing a trade deal, which Britain hopes will be one of the biggest prizes from its departure from the European Union.

 

The countries are divided on several issues, including Britain’s decision to allow the Chinese telecoms company Huawei [HWT.UL] a limited role in its mobile network, a proposed digital services tax, and the Iran nuclear deal.

 

Johnson was expected to visit Washington early this year. This has now been postponed until June when a summit of G7 leaders is due, according to the newspaper.

 

Downing Street did not have any immediate comment.

 

The dates for Johnson's trip to Washington had never been finalised, according to one British official.

 

One of the biggest strains between the two countries came to the forefront last month after Britain granted Huawei a limited role in Britain’s 5G mobile network, frustrating a global attempt by the United States to exclude the company from the West’s next-generation communications.

 

The allies have also been increasingly at odds over Britain’s planned digital services tax, the U.S. government's threats of more tariffs on goods and the fate of the Iranian nuclear deal — all areas in which Britain has been more aligned with European nations.

 

British media reported late in December that Trump had invited Johnson to visit him in the White House in the new year.

 

Trump had said Britain and the United States were now free to strike a "massive" new trade deal after Brexit.

 

A possible trade trip to Australia and New Zealand by Johnson has also been scrapped, the Sun reported on Thursday.

 

(Reporting by Rama Venkat and Kanishka Singh in Bengaluro and Andrew MacAskill in London; Editing by Grant McCool and Matthew Lewis)

 

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3 minutes ago, melvinmelvin said:

 

The FTA that BJ fancies might be a bit further off towards the horizon than BJ thought .. .

 

Its Boris whos postponed his trip so id expect hes well aware of what hes doing... wont make any difference, this kind of thing takes some time anyway, besides which BJ and T arnt the ones doing the groundwork or making the deal or doing 99% off the work, they are just the figure heads rubber stamping things.

 

Why is it people always assume these figureheads do everything themselves ? :saai:

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34 minutes ago, webfact said:

the Sun newspaper reported late on Thursday.

Isn't that an oxymoron?

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From all reports, Trump isn't too enthusiastic about BoJo's green new deal. The bromance is on shaky ground. 

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7 hours ago, melvinmelvin said:

 

The FTA that BJ fancies might be a bit further off towards the horizon than BJ thought .. .

 

More like somewhere over the rainbow. 

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7 minutes ago, Boon Mee said:

From all reports, Trump isn't too enthusiastic about BoJo's green new deal. The bromance is on shaky ground. 

Its more about boris using huawei for 5g and trump slamming the phone down like a petulant child.

 

Boris should postpone it until november.

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Trump had said Britain and the United States were now free to strike a "massive" new trade deal after Brexit.

 

He really is a clown, MASSIVE trade deal, LOL

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8 hours ago, webfact said:

strike a "massive" new trade

Enjoy your chlorine chicken 😄

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