THE first round of post-Brexit trade deal talks between Britain and the US will begin this week as ministers signalled the relationship will ‘open up new opportunities’ for business.
International trade secretary Liz Truss said the UK wanted to ‘strike an ambitious deal’ to bring in new investment and jobs.
‘The US is our largest trading partner and increasing transatlantic trade can help our economies bounce back from the economic challenge posed by coronavirus,’ she added.
Ms Truss (pictured) and US trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer will launch the talks via a video conference call because of the pandemic crisis.
Around 100 negotiators from each side will be taking part in the meetings, with the first round expected to last for a fortnight.
Ms Truss insisted Britain ‘will drive a hard bargain to secure a deal’ that benefits ‘individuals and businesses in every region’ across the country.
It comes after Britain blamed its Brussels counterparts for making ‘limited progress’ during the second round of talks on a future trade deal with the European Union.
Britain insisted it would ‘not subordinate’ its laws to the EU ‘in any areas’ and called for more flexibility from the bloc in order to strike a deal.