Despite Trump and Johnson’s Optimism, a U.S.-U.K. Trade Deal Won’t Be So Easy

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a press conference at the State Department in Washington, Aug. 7, 2019 (AP photo by Susan Walsh).
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a press conference at the State Department in Washington, Aug. 7, 2019 (AP photo by Susan Walsh).

Newly installed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is eager to negotiate a trade deal with the United States. But should he be? And what price is he willing to pay? Other countries—China, Japan and the U.K.’s neighbors in the European Union—are all negotiating with the U.S. under duress. They seem to be doing their best to stall things for as long as possible in the hope that President Donald Trump won’t be reelected next year. By contrast, British International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab came to Washington last week to push for trade negotiations to start […]

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