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Posted on 14/05/2020 by DHL Express

Negotiations on a UK-US Free Trade Agreement get underway

Last week (5 May), the International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, and the US Trade Representative, Robert Lightizer, connected via video conference call to start discussions on a UK-US Free Trade Agreement. Initial negotiations are expected to last around two weeks with more than 100 negotiators involved on each side, with further discussions taking place approximately every six weeks.

Commenting on the discussions, Liz Truss said: “the US is our largest trading partner and increasing transatlantic trade can help our economies bounce back from the economic challenge posed by coronavirus.”

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