The recent UK-EU Brexit deal is a plus for the US negotiating a bilateral trade pact with London, according to an American Farm Bureau official. American Farm Bureau trade adviser Dave Salmonsen says until now, the U.S. was at the ‘back of the line,’ behind the United Kingdom as London brokered a deal with Brussels. With that all but done, the U.S. and U.K. can now negotiate more formally, though Salmonsen says the UK-EU deal will bring constraints.
“What the E.U. is concerned about is that Britain, being a place where other products could come in, imports into Britain didn’t meet their standards and then somehow, flow into the E.U. So, there’s going to be some increased border checks, certification, standards that have to be worked out. I think all this will be worked out. But I think it’s all doable. I think the most important point for the U.S. was that Britain did keep and maintain an ability to set its own rules and regulations,” says Salmonsen.
That’s possibly good news for U.S. pork, beef, poultry, and biotech going into the UK. And while a ‘hard Irish border’ for trade and travel has averted renewed political strife and too many trade complications for the U.S., Salmonsen says there will now be “some kind of a border”.
“I think all that has yet to be worked out, how that’s going to work in practical matters, other than the words on a paper. So, there’s still a lot of work for them to do. They got enough to get, keep going on after January 1st. They didn’t impose tariffs or quotas—trade will still flow,” according to Salmonsen.
But Salmonsen says it won’t be as “seamless and unhindered” as it’s been for the last fifty years, forcing U.S. Ag to make some changes in any bilateral deal with London.