Dead or Alive? A UK-US Trade Deal

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Series Details No. 121, August/September 2018
Publication Date 20/07/2018
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In his infamous interview with The Sun, US President Donald Trump warned that Theresa May’s Chequers plan would “kill” a trade deal with the US. He later backtracked, but the president was right the first time. May’s proposal involves regulatory alignment with the EU on goods. Some EU rules conflict with America’s, making a trade deal with the US very difficult to conclude. However, it remains overwhelmingly in the UK’s economic interest to prioritise a close economic relationship with the EU over any potential trade deal with the US

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ESO: In Focus: Brexit - The United Kingdom and the European Union
UK in a Changing Europe: Blog, 17.08.19: What next for Brexit and transatlantic relations?
ESO: Background information: UK-US Trade Relations
Rand Corporation: Report, December 2017: After Brexit: Alternate forms of Brexit and their implications for the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United States

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