Ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit to the USA and her meeting with President Trump, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, Barry Gardiner MP has written to both leaders setting out the dangers of a quick trade agreement done for political purposes.
Mr Gardiner said:
“I welcome the new President’s interest in deepening the trade relations between our countries. As we leave the EU, Britain needs to expand its exports into the US market.
The Prime Minister must understand though that the US has a history in trade deals of demanding that public health, sanitary and environmental standards are reduced to US levels. This could lead to the UK being forced to accept chlorine-washed chicken, or beef raised with growth promoting hormones that the UK does not allow.
President Trump has set out his agenda very clearly. He is a protectionist and will put America First. Trade agreements must work for both parties and Theresa May needs to be careful that the rush to a quick deal is not one that undermines British Jobs and British social and environmental protections.”