U.S. Poised to Negotiate with Britain in the Event of a Hard Brexit “No Deal”


As hard-line Brexit members of the ruling Conservative party gain ascendency over moderates, the U.S. has seized an opportunity to establish a bilateral trade deal with Britain. In the event of a negotiated separation, the U.K. would be constrained from entering into an agreement with the U.S. A hard exit would allow the U.S. and the U.K. to establish a trading relationship to include agriculture and healthcare.

In an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation, U.S. Ambassador to Britain, Woody Johnson stated “In a trade deal, all things will be on the table”. There is considerable opposition to a broad trade agreement with the U.S. that would in many instances conflict with U.S. standards including chlorine immersion of chicken. Raising the topic of health care in relation to the revered U.K. National Health Service during the recent Presidential visit certainly aroused opposition to an extensive and comprehensive trade deal.