US Amb. To UK Assures UK-US Brexit Deal Is A Must Regardless Of Who Wins The Presidency

Britain’s largest export market after the EU is America. If the UK-US deal issigned, it's expected to lower tariffs on imported goods, bringing prices down at home and making it easier to sell things to the United States.

US Amb. To UK Assures UK-US Brexit Deal Is A Must Regardless Of Who Wins The Presidency - SurgeZirc UK
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US Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson has assured that a historic transatlantic trade deal that propels super growth and prosperity will be signed, sealed and delivered in no consideration of who wins tomorrow’s election.

The billionaire heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune told Daily Express, “President Trump prioritised a free trade agreement with the UK because it is the fastest way to increase prosperity for both our countries. Post-Covid, this will be even more critical.

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“Restoring economic growth will have to be the number one priority after we control the virus. If ever there was a time to remove barriers for businesses, it is now. US and UK negotiators have been moving fast to work out the details of a historic US-UK agreement.

“In fact, they just completed the fifth round of talks, and have had hundreds of meetings since the negotiations launched in May. We still have a few things to iron out, as is always the case with major agreements like this one, but I’m confident our countries can get this done no matter what happens today.

“That’s because the potential of a US-UK trade deal rises above politics – it just makes good common sense. What our negotiators have been working on is a deal that no politician, Republican or Democrat, British or American will want to walk away from.

“It is a deal that will bring benefits to businesses, customers and workers in every state and every region of both our countries and in every sector of our economies, whether it’s farming or fishing, fashion or finance. A US-UK Free Trade Agreement is a once in a generation opportunity at a time when we need it most.”

Currently, Britain is trading with the US on terms negotiated by the European Union but that will no longer continue after the transition period is over by December 31. The UK and US trade deal which is being negotiated by Liz Truss, the Secretary of State for International Trade will make it easier and cheaper for both countries to buy and sell goods to each other.

Britain’s largest export market after the EU is America. If the UK-US deal issigned, it’s expected to lower tariffs on imported goods, bringing prices down at home and making it easier to sell things to the United States.

President Trump is a strong supporter of Brexit and a close friend of Nigel Farage, the man who made it happen. Trump has said he wants a deal to pull through as quickly as possible, but Britain is heavily concerned that a Joe Biden led administration would not press for such trade deal with the UK.

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Democratic Biden was vice-president to former President Barack Obama when, ahead of the 2016 EU referendum, he sparked anger on a visit to Britain on former Prime Minister David Cameron’s request for saying the UK would be at the “back of the queue” for a trade deal with the US if it voted to leave.

An article that was written by Mr Johnson “Woody” reads:

“No election will change the UK-US special relationship”, says Robert ‘Woody’ Johnson, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom

Today the American people are heading to the polls to vote for the next President of the United States. As a diplomat, I’ll leave it to the pundits and pollsters to try to predict the results. But there is one thing I can say with absolute certainty: the UK is America’s single most important partner – and no election will ever change that.

The bond between the US. and the UK is like no other. The UK is everything America could hope for in an ally. We share a common language and history, with a relationship that goes back 400 years to the pilgrims crossing the Atlantic aboard the Mayflower.

In the centuries that have followed, we have accomplished so much together – we even put a man on the moon.

The UK also has the same approach to free trade and free enterprise as the US. We are both nations which believe in the power of industry and innovation to drive global progress. This is an age where rapid advances are made every single day. And the UK is always at the forefront, home to some of the greatest universities and research institutions in the world. In fact, the US is the only country in the world which can boast more of the world’s top universities or Nobel prize winners. Together, we are consistently first and second in both categories.

But most important of all in this special relationship, is the fact that our countries share the same fundamental values. Like all Americans, the British people have an enduring and unshakable commitment to human rights, the rule of law and the defense of a free world. We are nations which strive to be a force for global good, and we do so together.

I saw the perfect demonstration of this just recently when I flew out on a Merlin helicopter to visit the UK’s latest and most advanced warship, the HMS Queen Elizabeth. It was about to take part in a NATO exercise off the coast of Scotland, and from the deck of this great British ship, I watched American and British military pilots take off and land stealth F35 fighter jets – planes we designed and built together. It was the special relationship in action – live, in full color and very, very noisy.

The level of trust, collaboration and interoperability I have seen between the US and UK militaries is something you won’t find anywhere else in the world. And it’s not just important for our own defence, it’s important for the defence of almost a billion people.

The US-UK relationship is at the very heart of the NATO alliance, which remains as critical to our collective security today as it has ever been. It was NATO which got us through the Cold War. And the threats we face to our collective security are just as real today. We have no option but to take them seriously. We cannot afford to underestimate countries like Russia, Iran or China any longer.

Even during a global pandemic, we have seen how little China can be trusted, as the Chinese covered up the spread of the virus and launched one cyber-espionage attack after another against the Western companies desperately fighting to find a vaccine.

The idea that we can then trust China with the critical infrastructure of the free world, whether it’s 5G or nuclear power, is now inconceivable.

NATO countries must stand strong and defend our independence and way of life from any threat, with the US and UK leading the way, as we always have done.

America’s partnership with the UK is not only the bedrock of America’s security, it’s also the bedrock of our prosperity.

Together, our countries trade more than  270 billion dollars a year. There are one million Americans that work for British companies, just as one million Brits are employed by American companies.

The US and the UK are the single largest investors in each other’s economies, with well over one trillion dollars in direct bilateral investment.

And all that has been accomplished just under WTO rules. We can do even better.

As things stand, US and UK businesses still have a lot of obstacles to overcome.

The UK’s departure from the EU offers us our first chance in 40 years to strike a trade deal, remove the obstacles to trade, and jumpstart the growth and success of our businesses in each other’s markets.

President Trump prioritised a free trade agreement with the UK because it is the fastest way to increase prosperity for both our countries.

Post-Covid, this will be even more critical. Restoring economic growth will have to be the number one priority after we control the virus. If ever there was a time to remove barriers for businesses, it is now.

US and UK negotiators have been moving fast to work out the details of a historic US-UK agreement. In fact, they just completed the fifth round of talks, and have had hundreds of meetings since the negotiations launched in May.  We still have a few things to iron out, as is always the case with major agreements like this one, but I’m confident our countries can get this done no matter what happens today.

That’s because the potential of a US-UK trade deal rises above politics – it just makes good common sense. What our negotiators have been working on is a deal that no politician, Republican or Democrat, British or American will want to walk away from.

It is a deal that will bring benefits to businesses, customers and workers in every state and every region of both our countries, and in every sector of our economies, whether it’s farming or fishing, fashion or finance. A US-UK Free Trade Agreement is a once in a generation opportunity at a time when we need it most.

This has been a tough year for all of us, on both sides of the Atlantic. But the US. and the UK are doing now what we always do. We are moving forward, together.

Side by side, we are fighting Covid, protecting our way of life, and creating new jobs and opportunities together. That’s what our countries have been doing together for generations. That’s what we will continue to do, whatever the future brings. And that’s what this enduring special relationship is really all about.

 

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