(PatriotWise.com)- As the United Kingdom prepares to formally leave the European Union’s trading bloc in the new year and set about confirming new trade relationships with the rest of the world, the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom hinted that British and U.S. negotiators might pull off a last-minute deal before the end of the president’s first term.
If true, it would help fend off any hostility to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson from a possible Joe Biden administration.
On Sunday night, Ambassador Johnson posted an image of British and American negotiators and suggested that the negotiations had already made great progress.
“Free trade between our countries will lift us all to prosperity!” he said.
Free trade between our countries will lift us all to prosperity! Our trade negotiations are making great progress. We will get this done. pic.twitter.com/PqkTbCfaXc
— Ambassador Johnson (@USAmbUK) December 27, 2020
“Our trade negotiations are making great progress. We will get this done,” he added.
Pulling off a deal this last minute would be an incredible feat, particularly given that United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said it would be “almost impossible” to secure a trade deal with President Trump before the election. Just months after that election, the two sides appear to be on the edge of a deal that would help the United Kingdom steady the storm of leaving the European Union.
After Prime Minister Johnson pulled off a last-minute deal with the European Union last week – something that has taken several years to agree – Ambassador Johnson congratulated to two parties on striking the deal and said he looked forward to new opportunities between the UK and US.
Congratulations to the UK & EU on striking a Brexit deal. So many new 🇺🇸🇬🇧 opportunities to pursue! pic.twitter.com/gLg4xMEZ0w
— Ambassador Johnson (@USAmbUK) December 24, 2020
Should Joe Biden become the next president, it would make establishing a deal with the United Kingdom much harder. Not just because Joe Biden has repeatedly sided with the Republic of Ireland and the European Union, but because his vice presidential pick, far-left Senator Kamala Harris, reportedly cannot stand the British Prime Minister.
Lighthizer told the BBC last week that the Trump administration believes they will be able to secure a “mini” trade deal with the UK before Biden is sworn in.
“I’m talking to [International Trade Secretary] Liz Truss, about trying to work out some kind of a deal… I’m hopeful we can get some kind of an agreement out you know, we don’t have a lot of time left,” Lighthizer told the BBC.
“We have the advantage in that both the U.S. and the UK — particularly the current government of the UK — are not big subsidisers, where some other countries are more inclined to subsidise. So it would be helpful if we could come to some kind of agreement,” he continued.
If Trump pulls this off, it could set the stage for a better deal than had Biden gotten involved from the get-go.