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UK, US 'Laying Groundwork' For Future Trade Deal

26 July 2017

Trump met with British Prime Minister Theresa May on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Hamburg earlier this month, describing the bilateral trade deal as "a very, very big deal, a very powerful deal, great for both countries". JOBS! The E.U.is very protectionist with the U.S. STOP! It's considered likely that the US would demand Britain open up its market to chlorine-washed chicken as part of any trade deal, and BuzzFeed reported back in February that the American farming lobby was pushing for it.

The International Trade Secretary is in Washington for talks on post-Brexit trade links with the USA and his comments sparked concerns British markets would be opened up to meat produced via the controversial method.

Peter Stevenson, Chief Policy Advisor at Compassion in World Farming, urged the United Kingdom to stand strong on its animal welfare rules when it enters in trade talks.

Liam Fox, the UK's International Trade Secretary, said that any transitional agreement with the European Union would not be a "huge deal" but wanted Britain's future relationship with the bloc sorted out before the next national elections, scheduled for 2022. The EU has said it won't enter deals with governments that haven't signed up to the accord.

One option available to the government would be to frame rules that are very similar to the ones in the European Union in return for full access, but it is possible that the results of such rule changes would be far too unpredictable. As we said in our last report, Brexit: agriculture, the Government may find it hard to reconcile its free trade ambitions with its commendable desire for preserving high farm animal welfare standards. "We won't accept a race to the bottom on standards".

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'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.

The paper say a rift is developing between Dr Fox and Boris Johnson against Environment Secretary Michael Gove over whether to allow the import of poultry treated with a chlorine wash process after Brexit.

Labour's Barry Gardiner has waded into the storm surrounding Liam Fox, Brexit and United States chlorine-washed chicken. "We are determined to get a good Brexit deal for Britain and we have been absolutely clear we will maintain our world-leading animal welfare standards".

Richard Griffiths, chief executive of the BPC, said it was a matter of reputation on the global stage.

UK, US 'Laying Groundwork' For Future Trade Deal