PUBLISHED: 11:53, Fri, Sep 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:53, Fri, Sep 18, 2020
Potential post-Brexit trade deals with other countries took a turn for the worse after US presidential nominee Joe Biden warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson that no trade agreement would be reached between the two should Northern Ireland's peace agreement be compromised. Mr Johnson is proposing new legislation that would break the Northern Ireland protocol of the Brexit divorce treaty that seeks to avoid a physical customs border on the island of Ireland. Mr Biden, who is currently ahead of the incumbent, Donald Trump, in national opinion polls, said in a tweet: “We can’t allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit.
“Any trade deal between the US and UK must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period.”
The UK government has already ventured abroad for other business partners, having last week struck an agreement with Japan - its first major trade deal since leaving the EU.
The move made many hopeful that it could open the path for the UK to sign up to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) - a free trade agreement comprising Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, widely regarded as being spearheaded by Japan.
Sean King, senior vice-president of Park Strategies in New York and an affiliated scholar at University of Notre Dame’s Liu Institute, previously told Express.co.uk that the UK's chances of signing up to the bloc would increase should it first commit to a trade deal with Japan.
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Brexit: The CPTPP 'would love to have the UK' should it wish to sing up to the bloc (Image: GETTY)
Boris Johnson: The Prime Minister is grappling with securing a trade deal with the EU by October 15 (Image: GETTY)
On top of increased chances on signing a trade deal with Japan, Mr King said the bloc would "love to have the UK in" to further become one of the world's trading behemoths.
He explained: "Japan is really the dominant power within CPTPP so if Japan wants you in that's a head start.
"For political purposes they would love to have the UK in, and the UK would benefit for its own political purposes, plus curbing China's influence, as well as economic needs.
"Japan is the fifth largest foreign direct investor in the UK; it's the UK's 11th largest trading partner and also Canada, Australia and Singapore are the UK's 18th, 19th and 20th largest trading partners respectively.
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