Back of the Queue? No UK-U.S. Trade Deal Until at Least 2022, Say Biden Insiders
By Kurt Zindulka | Breitbart.com
The United Kingdom is unlikely to secure a trade deal next year with the United States, as a more globalist-minded Joe Biden administration would prioritise ties with the European Union, a former American diplomat said.
While President Donald Trump has prioritized ties with the United Kingdom, Britain’s governing Conservative party has squandered his first term, and a Biden presidency is expected to see the United States seek deeper connections with the European Union putting UK on the back burner.
A former U.S. deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom during the Trump and Obama administrations, Lewis Lukens, toldPOLITICO that a post-Brexit trade deal with the U.S. would be unlikely to be agreed to anytime soon, saying: “I’d say the best-case scenario for a deal is 2022.”
Charles Kupchan, a former European affairs advisor to both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, said: “When you wanted to get something done with Europe, you made the first or perhaps second call to London. In 2021, you’re still going to call London, but that call will be lower down in the queue… Britain doesn’t have a seat at the table anymore.”
“Biden is seeking to strengthen and renew ties with the EU, and Britain is not going to be a part of that,” added a Biden camp insider.
Speaking ahead of the election, Biden campaign advisor and former American ambassador to the EU, Anthony Gardner, predicted that Biden would announce a “declaration of support for the European Union” at the beginning of his term, possibly as early as the “first day”.