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Decades-old US ban on British lamb to be lifted, says Boris Johnson

British lamb exports to the US will quickly resume after a ban stretching again greater than 20 years to the Mad Cow Disease epidemic, Boris Johnson has mentioned.

Washington final year lifted a ban on beef from the UK, and president Joe Biden indicated in talks with the prime minister on the White House on Tuesday that lamb is probably going additionally to profit from the relief.

The transfer would be some comfort for Mr Johnson, who was compelled to settle for that his long-cherished dream of a complete post-Brexit free commerce settlement with the US is firmly on the back-burner.

The UK authorities is contemplating the choice of becoming a member of the USMCA North American free commerce space with the US, Mexico and Canada.

But Mr Johnson’s official spokesmperson made clear that this initiative was nonetheless in not more than embryonic stage and was not a present precedence.

“What we are focused on is the US deal,” mentioned the spokesperson. “There are no plans to go beyond that at this stage. That is the priority for us.”

Speaking outdoors the Capitol constructing in Washington, the place he was due to meet main Democrats and Republicans, Mr Johnson welcomed the anticipated lifting of the 1996 ban on lamb.

He insisted there was a “great deal to be done” on commerce with the US however accepted that with out White House focus on the problem the UK may hope for not more than “incremental” progress.

“I can tell you today that what we’re going to get from the United States now is a lifting of the decades-old ban, totally unjustified, discriminating on British farmers and British lamb,” mentioned the prime minister.

“It’s about time too. And what we’re wanting to do is make solid incremental steps in trade.

“The Biden administration is not doing free trade deals around the world right now but I’ve got absolutely every confidence that a great deal is there to be done.

“And there are plenty of people in that building behind me who certainly want a deal.”

Mr Biden appeared to catch the PM without warning at Tuesday’s meeting when he talked about the potential for the lamb ban to be scrapped.

As Mr Johnson expressed his appreciation for the resumption of beef gross sales, Biden interrupted to say: “We’re going to be working on lamb too.”

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