PUBLISHED: 07:20, Mon, Oct 26, 2020 | UPDATED: 07:20, Mon, Oct 26, 2020
Former assistant US trade representative Barbara Weisel claimed that a UK-EU deal would be key in securing an important trade deal with the US. She also pointed out that a Democratic victory in the upcoming elections could postpone the agreement.
About the prospect of carrying out UK-US talks without a Brexit deal, Ms Weisel said: “Absent a Brexit deal, it becomes very difficult to conclude the US-UK negotiations.
“The truth is, the relationship between the UK and the EU is going to be the dominant consideration.”
She added: “The Biden platform has been very clear that they don’t see trade negotiations as a priority initially.
“Trade is important but it’s part of the general foreign policy approach of repairing relations and taking a more co-operative approach with allies and partners.”
Brexit deal on the BRINK: US-UK trade ‘difficult to conclude’ if EU deal is not reached (Image: Getty)
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has previously warned he would not allow a free trade deal following the introduction of the Internal Market Bill into EU/UK talks.
Mr Biden and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi have both criticised Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to modify the Withdrawal Agreement.
He tweeted last month: “Any trade deal between the US and UK must be contingent upon respect for the [Good Friday] Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period.”
However, US President Donald Trump has expressed his good relationship with the UK.
Joe Biden criticised Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to modify the Withdrawal Agreement (Image: Getty)