Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is set to embark on a trade-boosting visit to Washington. Emphasizing the close and candid relationship he shares with US President Joe Biden. During his trip, Sunak will engage in talks with President Biden, members of Congress, and business leaders, marking their fourth meeting in as many months.
Addressing suggestions that the UK-US relationship may be cooling following President Biden’s absence at the King’s coronation last month, Sunak dismissed such concerns. He reaffirmed the importance of the US as the UK’s closest ally and highlighted their partnership in various aspects. Including national security and economic growth. Sunak expressed his anticipation for the meeting with President Biden. Aiming to continue collaborative efforts and deliver for the British people.
As part of his itinerary, Sunak will become the first British prime minister to address the annual gathering of chief executives from America’s largest companies, known as the Business Roundtable. During this event, he plans to emphasize the significant contribution made by these companies to the UK’s £279 billion trade relationship with the US.
Addressing Global Issues Alongside Trade Matters
Additionally, Rishi Sunak is scheduled to attend a special Washington Nationals baseball game. Which will feature a joint UK-US military flyover, ceremonial military performances by the Royal Marines Corps of Drums and the Washington Tattoo, and the singing of the national anthems of both countries. Sunak will be accompanied by US business leaders and political figures with strong ties to the UK.
During his visit to Washington Rishi Sunak aims to strengthen the trading relationship between the UK and the US. UK officials privately acknowledge that hopes for a comprehensive free trade agreement have diminished. The US is not currently pursuing such arrangements with any country. Instead, the focus has shifted to securing more minor agreements that gradually open US markets to British firms. Efforts include advocating for the recognition of British professional qualifications by the US and enabling UK firms to bid for contracts in the country.
The UK is also actively pursuing trade deals with individual US states, further expanding economic opportunities between the two nations. The visit will provide an opportunity for discussions on global issues. Such as the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, alongside trade-related matters.