Daily US Times: President Joe Biden has not entertained the chances of brokering a post-Brexit US-UK free trade deal, as he held talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the White House.
The UK said its priority was still getting a trade deal with the US alone.
But ministers of the British government are now considering joining an existing North American trade pact instead of pursuing a separate deal, according to BBC.
The US and UK leaders also discussed about Afghanistan, security and climate change during the 90-minute meeting.
Downing Street said Mr Johnson and Mr Biden “had agreed to continue working towards a future full free trade agreement”.
However, the British Prime Minister had earlier also downplayed chances of securing a deal with the United States before the next general election, saying: “The Americans do negotiate very hard.”
Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office before the meeting, President Joe Biden said they would discuss trade “a little bit”, adding: “We’re going to have to work that through”.
A deal would encourage trade by making it cheaper – usually by eliminating or reducing taxes called tariffs.
BBC reported citing a source familiar with the government’s thinking suggested that the UK could negotiate entry into an existing trade arrangement between the US, Mexico and Canada – known as the USMCA – set up after former US President Donald Trump tore up its predecessor, NAFTA.
The source said: “There are a variety of different ways to do this. The question is whether the US administration is ready. The ball is in the US’s court. It takes two to tango.”