‘Anti-British’ Biden told to keep trade deal after blow to talks: ‘Look elsewhere Boris!’

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Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, caused unease among many Britons when he said the new administration would adopt an America first policy, carried on from Donald Trump.  And he warned London that Washington would not sign a trade pact unless it was fully “consistent with the principles” of Democratic President Biden.

Mr Blinken also appeared to side with Ireland and the wider EU when he said: “We want to make sure that, whether it’s with the United Kingdom or the EU, whether it’s anything we’re doing, that we make sure that the tremendous gains from the Good Friday Agreement are sustained and that the economic as well the political wellbeing of Northern Ireland is taken fully into account.”

Express.co.uk conducted an exclusive poll asking readers if Britain should change its course in light of Mr Blinken’s latest comments.

Asked “should Boris Johnson look elsewhere after Joe Biden’s US trade deal blow?” 93 percent (8,842) said yes, and backed the Prime Minister to “look to other nations” for agreements.

Just six percent (531) of respondents said no while only 108 readers (less than one percent) said they didn’t know.

In comments, many readers ripped apart Mr Biden’s way of dealing with Britain and longed for the bygone days of Mr Trump.

Some people even went as far as to suggest that the new US president is “anti-British” and warned the Prime Minister to be on his guard.

One man said: “Biden is anti-British like Obama.”

A second wrote: “Focusing on one deal too much looks desperate, after all we voted Brexit to deal with the rest of the world.

“America isn’t the be all and end all. We know Biden is an anti-British europhile.

“Do we want to focus our business on this type of person?”

And yet a third urged Mr Johnson to look further afield for hefty trade deals.

The reader wrote: “I would rather see us do a dozen smaller deals rather than one big one. There is security in diversity.”

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Some people suggested there would be more to gain if the Government turned its attention to trade with other countries.

One persons said “you would not lose many American friends if you blew off Joe” because “the ones who actually buy British tend not to be the raving loonies making all the noise”.

They said regardless of whether a highly-anticipated UK-US trade package sees the light of day, Liz Truss, the international trade secretary, “should be looking elsewhere”.

Another backed the plan, saying even if trade talks between London and Washington continue, Britain’s focus needs to be on other projects.

One reader said “in view of the obstacles placed in the path of a trade by US negotiators, UK priorities need to be elsewhere” and pointed to the EU to illustrate their point.

They said if the UK becomes too dependent on post-Brexit trade with the Americans it would end up missing out on opportunities with other prosperous nations.

The reader explained: “The saying never put all your eggs in one basket has never been more appropriate in this case.

“It is also a key tool of EU policy, where countries become totally reliant on the bloc, it is very difficult to leave.

“Bullying and threats are then dished out to keep countries in line. Learn from our mistakes and spread the risk accordingly.”

And yet another opponent of a partnership with the US said Mr Biden could “keep his trade deals and while he’s at it he can get all his nukes/military personnel out of our country!”

The poll ran from 2.40pm on Friday May 7 to 9am on Saturday May 8 on Express.co.uk with a total of 9,481 people taking part.

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