Brexit deal on the BRINK: US-UK trade ‘difficult to conclude’ if EU deal is ...

A TRADE deal with the US is unlikely to happen unless an agreement is reached with the European Union, a former US official has warned.

PUBLISHED: 07:20, Mon, Oct 26, 2020 | UPDATED: 07:20, Mon, Oct 26, 2020

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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.

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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 news: Boris JohnsonBrexit 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 has expressed his good relationship with the UK.

Brexit news: Joe BidenJoe Biden criticised Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to modify the Withdrawal Agreement (Image: Getty)

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