Agricultural tariffs as well as non-trade barriers will be a part of pending trade discussions between the United States and the United Kingdom now that the UK has officially left the European Union.
Over the next year, topics of conversation between the two nations will include everything from tariffs on U.S. grains to how GMO’s will be handled going forward. The U.K. officially broke away from the European Union on January 31, but Britain is still technically in the European customs union until the last day of 2020. Between now and then, the British government plans to work on trade agreements with the U.S. and the EU at the same time.
British officials spoke to reporters this week and say they know just how important U.S. agriculture is in Washington, D.C., these days and any free trade agreement that doesn’t include U.S. agriculture will likely not get through Congress.
The U.S. is working on separate trade talks with the EU, which has held firm for over a year that agriculture will not be a part of the negotiations.