In its negotiating objectives for a trade deal with the United Kingdom, the U.S. government made it clear that the agreement would be conditional on the UK`s agreement to engage in a number of geopolitical objectives of the Trump administration. The proposals call on the United Kingdom to “discourage political measures to boycott, hijack and punish Israel” and to “ensure transparency and take appropriate action when the United Kingdom negotiates a free trade agreement with a non-market country.” While the exact impact is unclear, the goals coincide with the Trump administration`s record of using trade policy to achieve geopolitical objectives, as can be seen in the USMCA and Mexican immigration policy. While the United Kingdom undoubtedly shares many geopolitical objectives with the United States, it may regret being linked to the Trump administration`s positions on Israel and other sensitive diplomatic situations. It is important that the United Kingdom does not compromise on a principles-based approach to international diplomacy to reach a trade agreement with the United States. While a member of the EU, the UK was automatically part of some 40 trade agreements that the EU has concluded with more than 70 countries. In 2018, these activities accounted for about 11% of total trade in the UK. British Trade Minister Liz Truss has promised a “hard deal” with the US and praised Britain`s failure to reduce its food safety standards for imports of US products such as chlorinated poultry and genetically modified plants. Biden also suggested that the best way to influence trade with China was to build alliances to compete with China. Biden said his “objective would be to pursue a trade policy that effectively produces progress in China`s abusive practices – that is the theft of intellectual property, dumping products, illegal subsidies to businesses” and the consumption of “technological transfers” from U.S. companies to their Chinese counterparts.

If the UK were to act in accordance with WTO rules, tariffs would apply to most of the products that British companies send to the EU. This would make British goods more expensive and more difficult to sell in Europe. The UK could also do so for EU products if it so wishes. British officials have repeatedly stated that they are looking for a comprehensive trade deal and that they are not trying to enter into an agreement before the US election, and that they are still waiting to find out who will win the November election. A free trade agreement aims to promote trade – usually with goods, but also sometimes with services – by making it cheaper. This is often achieved by reducing or eliminating so-called tariffs – taxes or taxes on cross-border trade.