LONDON – US President Donald Trump reiterated his desire to do a trade deal with the United Kingdom shortly after it leaves the European Union, calling the bloc “very protectionist with the U.S” in a tweet sent on Tuesday afternoon.
“Working on major Trade Deal with the United Kingdom. Could be very big & exciting. JOBS! The E.U. is very protectionist with the U.S. STOP!” – the president tweeted.
It’s not the first time Trump has talked about a deal with the UK, speaking earlier in July at the G20 summit about a “big” and “powerful” agreement between the two nations.
“We’re working on a trade deal, which will be a very big deal, and a very powerful deal, great for both countries,” he said as he met Prime Minister Theresa May in Hamburg. “And I think we’ll have that done very, very quickly.”
Trump’s tweet about a potential trade deal comes the day after a major row regarding certain aspects of a trade deal between the UK and US, which could force Britain to accept food treatment procedures currently banned in the country but widely used in the USA.
Britain could be made to accept chlorine-washed chickens as part of its post-Brexit trade deal with the US, under plans being pushed by International Trade Secretary Liam Fox.
Chlorinated chicken is currently banned from import under EU rules, along with the use of growth hormones in beef farming, the spraying of pig carcasses with lactic acid and the sale of unlabelled genetically modified food.
Europe has opposed the use of chemical cleaning due both to safety concerns and the fears that they could lead to laxer hygiene practices elsewhere in the supply chain.
However, the dropping of these rules is set to be part of future trade talks between the US and UK. The American Farming Association has previously insisted that Britain must come into line with the US.
Some have warned against a quick, but ill-thought out deal, with Adam Marshall, the influential director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, a lobby group which represents 92,000 UK businesses, saying that rushing into a “politically attractive” trade deal with the US risks exposing British firms to hostile takeovers from cash-rich, “predatory” cash-rich American firms.
In calling the EU protectionist, Trump seems to have reversed a view held during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in April when he said he favoured a deal with the EU.
Here’s the tweet:
Working on major Trade Deal with the United Kingdom. Could be very big & exciting. JOBS! The E.U. is very protectionist with the U.S. STOP!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017