Trump says he is working on 'major trade deal' with UK

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

Donald Trump has said he is working on a "major trade deal" with the UK.

Mr Trump, who backed Brexit, also took a swipe at the European Union accusing it of a "very protectionist" stance to the US.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, who is in Washington for talks with USA trade representatives, said that Brexit offered an "unprecedented opportunity" to reshape Britain's independent trading ambitions.

The US President, whose officials are meeting British counterparts this week, has been accused of protectionist rhetoric by his political opponents.

Mr Trump has said he would like to see a speedy deal although free trade agreements typically take many years to conclude and any agreement, which will have to be approved by Congress, is likely to involve hard negotiations over tariff and non tariff barriers in areas such as agriculture and automotive.

The peers also raised concerns about the "overwhelming reliance" on European Union citizens in crucial veterinary positions and urged ministers to make sure the industry was able to fill those roles after Brexit.

The report said: "Our evidence strongly suggests that the greatest threat to farm animal welfare standards post-Brexit would come from United Kingdom farmers competing against cheap, imported food from countries that produce to lower standards than the UK". "We expect this Working Group to be a key mechanism to deepen our".

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