Trade Agreements: USA

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 13th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Warwick Lord Taylor of Warwick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to implement more flexible trading standards to secure a bilateral trade deal with the United States in the (1) food, (2) agriculture, (3) health, and (4) technology sectors.

Photo of Baroness Fairhead Baroness Fairhead The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

The Government is preparing for an ambitious programme of trade negotiations and enhanced market access, including potentially opening formal negotiations for a new free trade agreement with the US. We have conducted a 14-week long public consultation on a potential future trade agreement with the US and will respond in due course.

There is substantial complementarity between the UK and US economies, notably on trade in services. We have been clear that any future trade agreements must work for UK producers, businesses, and consumers, and uphold the UK’s high levels of food safety, animal welfare standards, and environmental protection.

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