In a further surprising admission, Ms Truss said she does not believe Britain will begin negotiations for a US trade deal for a number of years.
She will hold an important bilateral meeting with Joe Biden tomorrow but her acknowledgement there will be no free trade agreement in the “short or medium term” adds importance to her meeting with Emmanuel Macron today ahead of the UN General Assembly.
Their discussions will be their first in a political setting since Ms Truss sparked a row when she said the “jury is out” on whether the French president is “friend or foe”.
Yet Europe editor James Crisp analyses how Ms Truss and Mr Macron’s meeting could herald a cautious reset of Anglo-French relations.
Back home, ministers have returned to full in-trays as the business of government returns following 12 days of national mourning.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, the new Business Secretary, is facing a High Court showdown with trade union chiefs over plans to reduce the impact of strike action.
Ministers plan to water-down industrial laws to allow agency workers to fill the roles of striking workers after businesses were hit by a “summer of discontent” amid the cost-of-living crisis.
Unite, GMB and the RMT are among 11 trade unions that have launched a Judicial Review claiming the new laws would undermine their right to go on strike.
Matt Oliver analyses why the Left cannot afford to misjudge Mr Rees-Mogg.
Meanwhile, new Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has begun peace talks with rail union chiefs in the hope of breaking the deadlock.
Channel 4 re-examined
As the Government tries to cram two weeks’ worth of announcements into the next four days before the mini-Budget, it emerged that ministers are re-examining the privatisation of Channel 4, in a sign that Ms Truss could reverse Boris Johnson’s plans to sell off the publicly-owned broadcaster.
Michelle Donelan, the Culture Secretary, said the Government was “looking at the business case” for the privatisation of Channel 4.
Her predecessor Nadine Dorries was accused of pursuing a “petty vendetta” against the broadcaster.
Read how Ms Donelan suggested that at the very least the decision has been kicked into the long grass as she also said she would review the BBC licence fee in the “coming weeks,” but declined to reveal whether it could be scrapped.
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Around the world: Russia hints at full mobilisation
Russian soldiers who refuse to fight during periods of martial law will face stricter punishment, the country’s parliament has decreed, in a sign the Kremlin may be considering full military mobilisation. Russia’s State Duma today rushed through a bill that introduced extra penalties for crimes such as desertion committed in a time of martial law and mobilisation. It comes as Russia has likely withdrawn its most potent attack submarines from their home port in Crimea amid fears they are prone to long-range Ukrainian strikes, according to British intelligence. Meanwhile, Moscow-backed separatists in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region said they will hold referenda on becoming part of Russia from September 23 to 27. In Europe, German factories suffered their biggest price shock since records began last month, as the throttling of gas supplies from Russia led energy bills to more than double.
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