Laura Lane discusses the possibility of a bilateral trade deal between the two countries and question if the UK needs to negotiate a new trade and investment agreement with Europe before committing to an American economic alliance.

11 April 2017

Speakers

Laura Lane, President, Global Public Affairs, UPS; Trade Policy and Programs Representative, The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, US Department of State (1995-97)
Jim Rollo, Associate Fellow, International Economics, Chatham House
Chair: Helia Ebrahimi, Business Correspondent, Channel 4 News

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President Donald Trump has pledged to maintain a trade deal with Britain after the country leaves the European Union. Could this be the beginning of a positive, new stage in the “special relationship” or might the UK face an even greater set of compromises and regulatory issues that will pose major obstacles to a possible negotiation?

Laura Lane discusses the possibility of a bilateral trade deal between the two countries and question if the UK needs to negotiate a new trade and investment agreement with Europe before committing to an American economic alliance. How likely is a US-UK trade deal and what might it actually look like? Will US negotiators want to know how open, wide and strong the gateway into the single market will be after Brexit before committing to a deal or is Britain seen as much more than an opening into the EU?

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