BRITISH newspapers last weekend shared the news that US President Donald Trump has invited Boris Johnson with partner Carrie Symonds to visit the White House in the New Year.
He has indicated that he is ready to negotiate a massive trade deal with post Brexit Britain, although it is likely that the matter of taxing giant US firms such as Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft on profits made in the UK and then transferred elsewhere could be a potential stumbling block.
Also, the fact that the US President (who has previously referred to Boris Johnson as “Britain’s Trump”) is facing an impeachment trial, makes it is likely that no official visit will be made in the immediate future.
Another reason to delay is the likely major cabinet reshuffle which is planned for February and it is rumoured that a new job will be created for Michael Gove who will head up a department created especially to handle trade negotiations after Britain has left the United Kingdom.
Technically, it is also improper for Britain to try to enter into a deal with the USA until such time as it is no longer a member of the European Union, although few are likely to be naive enough to assume that no ‘off the record’ conversations have taken place and indeed there are some new deals with smaller countries already in place.