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US Ambassador says Britain will win post-Brexit ‘prizes’ – hints ‘major’ US-UK trade deal
January 6, 2021
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Ambassador Woody Johnson referenced a famous Winston Churchill quote in a Twitter post on Tuesday. Tweeting an image of Big Ben alongside the Statue of Liberty against the backdrop of blue skies, he wrote: “As Churchill said: ‘Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.’
“With a Brexit deal in the bag, the UK can start winning new prizes, like a major US-UK trade deal!”
It follows a post by Ambassador Johnson on the day the Brexit process was completed which said: “The EU-UK deal is done. Our FTA’s [Free Trade Agreement] not far behind.”
Mr Johnson is a prominent US businessman who was appointed by Donald Trump.
It means his optimism for a trade deal being secured may be short lived as he could be replaced when Joe Biden assumes office in a fortnight.
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Brexit means Britain is no longer obliged to implement EU laws, pay into the Brussels budget or accept the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.
President-elect Biden has said trade deals will not be prioritised, telling the New York Times: “I’m not going to enter any new trade agreement with anybody until we have made major investments here at home and in our workers and in education.
“I want to make sure we’re going to fight like hell by investing in America first.”
He also told the UK not to undermine the Good Friday Agreement if they want to secure a deal.
Mr Biden said: “We can’t allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit.
“Any trade deal between the US and UK must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period.”
Officials connected to Mr Biden have indicated his administration may seek to strengthen its ties elsewhere.
Charles Kupchan, a former official at the National Security Council for European Affairs, described the impact he believes Brexit will have.
Speaking to Politico, Mr Kupchan said: “When you wanted to get something done with Europe, you made the first or perhaps the second call to London.
“You’re still going to call London, but that call will be lower down in the queue. Britain doesn’t have a seat at the table anymore.”
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Alan Winters, director of the Trade Policy Observatory at the University of Sussex, has said the “chances of a trade deal with the US in the near future are really low”.
A group called the ‘Rejoin Campaign’ has been launched in a desperate bid to merge Britain back with the EU.
Recent polling has shown the likelihood of other European nations leaving the EU.
It shows Italy has the lowest support for the EU of its main economies.
The Euronews poll found that 45 percent of respondents were in favour of Italy leaving, followed by France with 38 percent.
The UK voted to leave the EU in 2016 and left on January 31, 2020.
The Brexit deal covers around £660billion worth of trade to allow goods to be sold without tariffs or quotas in the EU market.