Brexit LIVE: Hopes of US trade deal dashed following damning Congress report

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A report by the US International Trade Commission also found US trade deals have only had a “small, positive effect” on America’s economic growth. The report, put forward by the US Congress, used 2017 as its base year where it revealed that trade deals only increased US economic output by $88.8billion or 0.5 percent of GDP.

Despite a commitment on a deal between US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the G7, the US and UK have been struggling to reach an agreement on a long-running trade dispute over aircraft subsidies and steel but both sides agreed to suspend punitive tariffs on each other for four months while talks continued.

The White House yesterday stuck a more cautious tone over the signing of a trade deal.

A senior source told “We note the US Trade Commission report highly and will be taken into account.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, added: “I will note that as he [President Biden] looks at our global approach, our economic approach, he believes that we need to build the middle class, make sure we are making decisions through the prism of what’s going to help the middle class here in the United States.”

Opposition parties in the House of Commons last night raised concerns that a potential US trade deal could have a negative economic impact on the UK.

Drew Hendry, SNP MP for Inverness, said: “This clear change in mood in Washington concludes that a new trade agreement between the UK and the US is not a foregone conclusion as many within the Tory party believed.

“It also shows that the UK government’s approach to post-Brexit growth is utterly flawed and will cause excessive damage to our rural sector and the wider economy.

“The Tory argument that Brexit means more trade is a complete fallacy, with the UK’s trade with the rest of the world collapsing by almost £30 billion in the last 3 years.

“Instead of focusing on the national interest like any normal trading nation, the Tories are approaching negotiations with the attitude that any deal is a good deal to prove a hollow Brexit point.”

In response, a Department for International Trade source said Liz Truss was “regularly engaging” with US counterpart Katharine Tai.


8am update: Deputy FM of Northern Ireland urges ‘dialogue’ to resolve Protocol tensions

Northern Ireland’s deputy First Minister has urged dialogue to resolve tension over the Brexit Protocol.

Michelle O’Neill was speaking as the UK’s Brexit minister Lord Frost gave evidence to the Stormont Executive committee over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

He blamed negotiators under former prime minister Theresa May as being responsible to a “very large degree” for issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol.

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