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Rishi Sunak is heading to Washington next week for trade talks with Joe Biden.

This is his first official visit to Washington since becoming Prime Minister.

He will meet with the US President, as well as members of Congress and business leaders on Wednesday and Thursday next week.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “Next week on June 7 and 8, the Prime Minister will visit Washington DC for meetings with President Biden, congressional figures and US business leaders.

“The visit will be an opportunity to build on discussions the Prime Minister and President Biden have had in recent months on enhancing the level of co-operation and co-ordination between the UK and US on the economic challenges that will define our future, including securing our supply chains and transitioning to zero carbon economies.”

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The official added: “It will also be an opportunity to discuss issues including sustaining our support for Ukraine as we build on the success of our G7 summit in the run-up to the NATO summit.”

This comes just weeks after Labour Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves visited Washington to outline the party’s economic plans if it gets into Government.

Giving a speech at the Peterson Institute in Washington DC, the MP for Leeds West outlined the party’s mission to ensure economic security across the UK.

The strategy involves rebuilding Britain’s “industrial foundation” by “investing in the sectors and technologies that will determine our future economic success”, she said.

Ms Reeves dubbed her strategy “securonomics”, involving a bigger economic role for the Government.

It would also see the Government cultivating new partnerships with international allies, the Shadow Chancellor said.

She used her speech to praise the US President for “rebuilding America’s economic security” and for the landmark Inflation Reduction Act.

Mr Sunak is attempting to forge better relations with the US, which broke down in the wake of Britain’s exit from the European Union.

However, the Biden administration has shown little interest in negotiating a free-trade agreement with the UK.

Discussions had progressed while Donald Trump was president but stalled when Mr Biden came to power.

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