UK Publishes its U.S. Trade Negotiating Objectives

Date: March 17, 2020

The UK’s Department for International Trade published the government’s trade objectives for negotiations with the U.S. in early March. The department sees the potential in growing trade between the two nations by £15.3 billion ($18.8 billion). The UK is looking to remove trade barriers, including alleviating tariffs the U.S. imposes on the country’s exports.

“The world-leading agreement the UK wants will also be geared towards maximizing [sic] the UK’s reach in emerging fields like global data flows and Artificial Intelligence (AI),” the document states. “Professional services, food processing and car manufacturing are among the sectors that could also benefit.”

The department added that the UK will not include the National Health Service (NHS) in negotiations.

“The NHS will not be on the table. The price the NHS pays for drugs will not be on the table. The services the NHS provides will not be on the table,” the document states. “The NHS is not, and never will be, for sale to the private sector, whether overseas or domestic. Any agreement will ensure high standards and protections for consumers and workers, and will not compromise on our high environmental protection, animal welfare and food standards.”

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