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Trump's trade demands add to May's Brexit woes
In response to a question from POLITICO on board an RAF Voyager plane on her way to New York, the prime minister said she would be able to maintain frictionless trade and strike "good, improved trade deals" with countries around the rest of the world.

"Just think about this: If having those EU regulations stopped good trade deals, how come the EU has done trade deals with countries around the rest of the world?" May said.

Now she tells us?

David Henig, a former U.K. trade official who was involved in U.S.-EU trade negotiations, agreed that a shared rulebook with the EU could cause problems for the U.S. trade deal, although it may not be terminal.

"The U.S. agriculture people need to be able to export, they insist on their standards for export," he said.

Nick Allen, chief executive of the British Meat Processors Association, said the U.K. has particularly high animal welfare standards and very prescriptive hygiene standards, and anything that means they have to compete with lower standards is a problem for them.

Nevertheless, Trade Secretary Liam Fox has repeatedly insisted "there will be no lowering of U.K. food standards" in future trade deals.

If Liam Fox says so.
by Bernard on Wed Sep 26th, 2018 at 08:04:57 PM EST
See my earlier comment in diary - PM May @BBC: My Deal or No Deal .

Holding Hands ...

May locked in between a hard rock and granite ...

    "If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing
    with the European Union instead of dealing with the
    U.K., so it will probably kill the deal."

    President Donald Trump

Trump: soft Brexit will 'kill' UK's chances of US trade deal  

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Absent leadership - Theresa May in the political squeeze:
"A lady is not for turning ..."

Donald Trump holds hands with Theresa May in awkward public display of affection

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Thu Sep 27th, 2018 at 07:22:46 AM EST
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the desperate willingness of the Bitish political classes to abase themselves before america never ceases to sicken me

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Sep 27th, 2018 at 02:12:34 PM EST
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Especially when you know it'll be for naught, in the end.
by Bernard on Thu Sep 27th, 2018 at 09:06:54 PM EST
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