The Government’s controversial Brexit plan will rule out a deal with the nation’s closest ally, the United States in a blow ahead of the start of President Donald Trump’s visit.
Theresa May’s now maligned ‘Chequers plan’ would require the United Kingdom to align with the European Union standards on all goods including agricultural goods – thereby ruling out aligning with the United States.
The United States is the UK’s largest export market, with almost £100 billion in exports in 2017 – whilst trade with the European Union continued to fall.
Agricultural trade is one of the United States strongest export industries, with the country exporting £107 billion ($142 billion) in agricultural products in 2018. The United States would require the United Kingdom to allow recognition of Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards – standards that differ from the European Union.
Remainers have cast dire warnings of the impacts of trading with the world on World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. However, if the Government’s plan were rolled out, it would require trading with the United States and other agricultural powerhouses on WTO rules.
Even ultra-Remainers such as Phillip Lee, who resigned from the Government, has said “let’s do it [Brexit] properly” and not a half-in, half-out solution.