Brexit deal with US guaranteed: Even Biden won’t stop mega-pact says Trump’s UK ambassador

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Writing exclusively for this newspaper the 73-year-old diplomat said: “President Trump prioritised a free trade agreement with the UK because it is the fastest way to increase prosperity for both our countries. Post-Covid, this will be even more critical.

“Restoring economic growth will have to be the number one priority after we control the virus. If ever there was a time to remove barriers for businesses, it is now.”

He added: “US and UK negotiators have been moving fast to work out the details of a historic US-UK agreement.

“In fact, they just completed the fifth round of talks, and have had hundreds of meetings since the negotiations launched in May. 

“We still have a few things to iron out, as is always the case with major agreements like this one, but I’m confident our countries can get this done no matter what happens today.”

“That’s because the potential of a US-UK trade deal rises above politics – it just makes good common sense.

“What our negotiators have been working on is a deal that no politician, Republican or Democrat, British or American will want to walk away from.

“It is a deal that will bring benefits to businesses, customers and workers in every state and every region of both our countries, and in every sector of our economies, whether it’s farming or fishing, fashion or finance.

“A US-UK Free Trade Agreement is a once in a generation opportunity at a time when we need it most.”

Britain currently trades with America on terms negotiated by the EU but that will stop in less than two months when the transition period ends on December 31.

The historic UK-US trade deal is being negotiated by Liz Truss, the Secretary of State for International Trade, with both countries desperate to make it easier and cheaper to buy and sell goods to each other.

Britain’s biggest export market behind the EU is America. If a deal gets over the line it would lower tariffs on imported goods, keeping prices down at home and making it easier to sell things to the US.

President Trump – a tub thumping supporter of Brexit and close personal friend of Nigel Farage, the man who made it happen, said he wants a deal to be struck rapidly.

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But in the UK fears remain that if his Democratic opponent Joe Biden wins today’s election, progress towards a deal could be seriously hampered.

Mr Biden was vice-president to President Barack Obama when, ahead of the 2016 EU referendum, he sparked anger on a visit to Britain on former Prime Minister David Cameron’s request for saying the UK would be at the “back of the queue” for a trade deal with the US if it voted to leave.

Despite great progress being made there are still major sticking points including America wanting to export vast chunks of its agriculture industry, a move that would mean the UK to accepting America’s food standards.

The US is also said to want to increase access for its giant pharmaceutical firms with opponents suggesting the NHS could be part of the negotiations. Ms Truss said both were non-negotiable.

Mr Johnson said: “America’s partnership with the UK is not only the bedrock of America’s security, it’s also the bedrock of our prosperity. 

“Together, our countries trade more than 270 billion dollars a year. There are one million Americans that work for British companies, just as one million Brits are employed by American companies.

“The US and the UK are the single largest investors in each other’s economies, with well over one trillion dollars in direct bilateral investment.  

“And all that has been accomplished just under WTO rules. We can do even better. As things stand, US and UK businesses still have a lot of obstacles to overcome. The UK’s departure from the EU offers us our first chance in 40-years to strike a trade deal, remove the obstacles to trade, and jumpstart the growth and success of our businesses in each other’s markets. 

“This has been a tough year for all of us, on both sides of the Atlantic. But the US and the UK are doing now what we always do. We are moving forward, together.

“Side by side, we are fighting Covid, protecting our way of life, and creating new jobs and opportunities together. That’s what our countries have been doing together for generations. That’s what we will continue to do, whatever the future brings. And that’s what this enduring special relationship is really all about.”

Tory MP Philip Davies, a member of the British-American Parliamentary Group, said: ”Woody Johnson is a true friend of the UK, and he is absolutely right about the unshakable bond between our countries.

“The US is our closest ally in the world and our single biggest trading nation in the world. Our friendship based on our common values and our steadfast belief in freedom will always ensure and we are very lucky that the US Ambassador is such a friend of our country which shines through his article.”

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