US trade talks ‘positive and constructive’, says Liz Truss

Monday, May 18, 2020

The International Trade Secretary has the UK has made progress in securing a post-Brexit trade agreement with the United States after the first round of discussions.

Liz Truss said both sides hoped negotiations could move at an “accelerated pace” to deliver a “comprehensive” deal.

Around 100 negotiators from each country were involved in the discussions between May 5 and May 15, which were carried out virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The meetings were positive and constructive, reflecting the mutual commitment to secure an ambitious agreement that significantly boosts trade and investment between our economies,” Ms Truss said in a statement today.

Critics have warned that striking a deal will require Britain to accept looser US food and environmental standards, as well as opening up the NHS to American firms - something the government denies.

Ms Truss said that officials have set a high ambition for services, investment and digital trade.

“Both sides also set out a mutual commitment to creating new opportunities for businesses on both sides of the Atlantic and to delivering benefits for workers, consumers and farmers,” she said.

She and her US counterpart, Robert Lighthizer, have agreed a second round of remote talks will take place in the weeks of June 15 and 22.

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