Liam Fox in Washington to kick off United States trade talks

Tammy Harvey
July 26, 2017

US President Donald Trump spoke of a "big" and "powerful" deal between the two countries at the recent G20 Summit earlier in July, a topic Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly pushed him on.

Fox traveled to Washington to meet with Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to begin discussions about the trade relationship between the United Kingdom and the US after the United Kingdom leaves the EU. However, the Remain argument that big countries like America would not want a deal with us and that Britain would find itself at the back of the queue, looks weaker by the day.

The UK's International Trade Secretary Liam Fox is now in Washington discussing the potential for a UK-US trade deal after the UK's withdrawal from the European Union in March 2019.

Fox's noting of the time constraints came a week since he suggested politics rather than economics would be the main obstacle to any trade deal with the European Union and a day after he shifted gears on the length of any implementation phase from a "few months" to potentially as long as 25 months.

That issue, Fox added, "would be a detail at the very end stage of one sector" in the negotiations.

Writing in the Observer on Sunday, he warned against striking a quick, comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA) with the US.

It's a complex picture, and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox can only feel out the contours, as Britain can't sign a trade deal with the U.S. until we have left the EU. The EU has said it won't enter deals with governments that haven't signed up to the accord.

Removing commercial barriers with the US could generate an additional $52 billion in trade with the 2030, Trade Secretary Liam Fox said Sunday as he warned that reaching a deal won't be easy.

Lib Dem leader Vince Cable said the President's remarks should be taken "with a pinch of salt" - but admitted that a deal with the U.S. would be good for Britain.

The practice is now banned by the EU, but has been ruled safe by the European Food Safety Authority.

No 10 has repeatedly declined to answer questions about whether it could lift the ban on chlorine-washed chicken or guarantee there would be no reduction in food standards after Britain leaves the EU.

'Now we intend that this should be put in an Act of Parliament, enforced by the British courts - and I don't think anybody has ever argued that the British courts are anything other than trustworthy in terms of defending the rights of individuals.

Opening of global trade "facilitated 70 years of global prosperity, and they have raised the living standards of hundreds of millions of people across the world", he said.

"Our position, when it comes to food, is that maintaining safety and public confidence in the food we eat is of the highest priority", the spokesperson said.

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