By Glen Owen Political Editor In Biarritz For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 23:07 BST, 24 August 2019 | Updated: 23:08 BST, 24 August 2019
Boris Johnson tells Donald Trump that America must lift restrictions on a number of UK exporters as they discuss a post-Brexit trade deal
Boris Johnson last night fired a diplomatic salvo at Donald Trump, warning that a 'fantastic' post-Brexit trade deal with Washington could not be sealed unless the President lifted restrictions on British pork pies, cauliflowers and shower trays.
Speaking ahead of a breakfast meeting today between the two men – their first encounter since Mr Johnson entered Downing Street – the Prime Minister told reporters on the flight to the G7 summit in Biarritz that negotiating the crucial deal was 'not all going to be plain sailing'.
Mr Johnson, who raised his concerns with the President during a phone call on Friday evening, went on to cite numerous, bizarre examples of US restrictions on UK exporters.
'Melton Mowbray pork pies, which are sold in Thailand and in Iceland, are currently unable to enter the US market because of…some sort of food and drug administration restriction,' said Mr Johnson.
'Cauliflowers currently, under US Department of Agriculture restrictions, can only enter specified ports.
'We've sold 250,000 shower trays around the world [but] there is some kind of bureaucratic obstacle that stops us selling them in the US because they are allegedly too low.'
The Prime Minister added: 'There remain very considerable barriers in the US to British businesses… It is very important if we are going to do a fantastic free trade deal that is a free trade that works in the interests of British business.'
Mr Johnson's combative approach to the President is designed to signal that a newly-confident post-Brexit Britain will not be 'rolled over' by Washington in talks about a trade deal: the Government has been particularly keen to make clear that the NHS will be protected during the negotiations.
The Prime Minister went on to cite bizarre