UK/US trade deal on brink: Brexit agreement NOT a priority for Democrat nominee Joe Biden


A LUCRATIVE post-Brexit trade deal with between the UK and US is in serious doubt if Joe Biden defeats Donald Trump in the US election this November, a leading academic has warned.

Democrat nominee Joe Biden is currently leading many opinion polls with some US networks giving the former vice-president a huge 14-point lead over Republican Donald Trump. A victory for the 77-year-old in the US election could spell the end to a landmark free-trade deal between the two nations as promised by Mr Trump, according to a political expert.

Robert Singh, Professor of Politics at Birkbeck University London, warned Joe Biden would have “far bigger issues” to focus on and a post-Brexit trade deal would not be a “priority”.

The US foreign policy expert and author to 11 books, said a trade deal with the Democrats would involve negotiations around a number of areas the UK is precarious about going into, including farming and healthcare.

Professor Singh, a specialist in contemporary US politics, said even if Joe Biden and Boris Johnson got around the negotiating table, it would require “major UK concessions” to strike an agreement.

He told “I don’t think a Biden victory would make much difference, to be honest. It certainly wouldn’t be a priority for him.

“Biden would want to restore the multilateralism and transatlantic closeness that has suffered under Trump, but the Democrats remain a highly protectionist party, especially on Capitol Hill.

“The US lobbies with clout – finance, pharmacy, and farming – would still push hard for access to UK markets. And there are far bigger issues Biden would need to deal with.

“I can’t see him spending too much political capital on a deal, without some major UK concessions.”

On many occasions, Mr Trump has spoken positively about a trade deal between the UK and the US claiming it would be bigger than any agreement with the European Union.

At the last G7 summit in August 2019, Mr Trump said: “We’re going to do a very big trade deal – bigger than we’ve ever had with the UK.

“At some point, they won’t have the obstacle of – they won’t have the anchor around their ankle, because that’s what they had.”

The US Trade Representative’s (USTR) has put forward its proposals for a deal that includes the removal of non-tariff barriers.

US officials are also pushing for the removal of restrictions on chlorine-treated chicken, genetically modified crops and hormone-treated meat – all banned in the UK.

The US is also pressing for full market access for US pharmaceutical products and medical devices.

The prospect of Mr Biden defeating Mr Trump in the US election has gathered momentum in recent weeks and the latest CNN polling puts the Democrat nominee on 55 percent to Mr Trump’s 41 percent.

Mr Biden, served as vice-president in the Barack Obama regime, during the result of the historic 2016 EU referendum.

Following the vote, Mr Biden revealed he wanted the UK to remain part of the European Union.

During a visit to Dublin, Ireland, he said: “I must say we had looked for a different outcome.

“We preferred a different outcome. And I imagine many of you here felt the same way.”

Mr Biden secured enough delegates to formally clinch the Democratic presidential nomination on Friday June 5.

He defeated more than 20 Democrat candidates to clinch the nomination which has been a formality since his main rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, quit the race in April.

Mr Biden said: “It was an honour to compete alongside one of the most talented groups of candidates the Democratic party has ever fielded and I am proud to say that we are going into this general election a united party.”


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