It is very likely that an agreement between the United Kingdom and the United States will also include provisions on public services. The government has explicitly stated its ambition to make the UK the world leader in trade in services. Similarly, during the TTIP negotiations (a proposed but unsuccessful trade agreement between the EU and the United States), the United States insisted that its companies have greater access to the UNITED Kingdom`s public service contracts and that a clause to strengthen and block the level of privatization in the public service be improved. This could include sensitive areas, including the provision of NHS services, as well as education, transport and prison services. Opening up to U.S. companies in this area can accelerate both deregulation and privatization and make it more difficult to cancel these changes. On the other side of the pond, this fantasy was also inflated by President Donald Trump, who in late July 2019 said he spoke by phone with Boris Johnson and backed an “ambitious trade deal” with Britain after Brexit. 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. Last week, the UK unilaterally broke with Airbus` European support in a long-running transatlantic trade dispute and changed its policy, which was only expressed last January, by announcing that it would no longer apply tariffs on Boeing aircraft imports. The British Foreign Office and the Commerce Department still have a series of trade agreements in the pipeline and could seek an agreement with Asia-Pacific countries to fill the void that will likely result from Biden`s priorities. The UK cannot formally take on the new government until its inauguration in January, but it has established contacts with high-level Democratic senators. Given that the agreement still needs to be negotiated and that the UK government is keeping its objectives secret, we do not know exactly what its provisions will be.
However, the United States has made it clearer what it will do in a trade agreement between Britain and the United States. Some of these provisions would have profound negative effects on health, well-being and the environment. British civil society organisations, coordinated by the Trade Justice Movement, have therefore developed a series of red lines for the agreement that are available here. 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 reiterated last week`s warning from House Democratic spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi that any action britain takes to establish physical customs borders between The UK-ruled Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland means “no chance” for an American UK. Trade agreements. “I`m going to talk to Liz Truss about trying some kind of agreement… I hope we can find some kind of agreement, we don`t have much time,” he said.
Talks between the EU and the UK are under way to reach a post-Brexit free trade agreement before the end of the year. 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.