Our leading Brexiteers are doubtless preening themselves that, with the advent of President Trump the UK is likely to move from the back of the queue (Obama) to the front in the negotiations for a new, bilateral, trade deal.
Well, it's good that we've moved up the queue, but there can be little doubt that any such deal will be on terms dictated by the US. The EU has been struggling for years to negotiate a deal which takes account of European susceptibilities in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership(TTIP).
Even in these negotiations between giants the EU is finding it difficult to hold its own. A UK/US negotiation will be more a a David and Goliath confrontation in which, in this case, the little man is unlikely to win.
Issues at stake will include:
- the ability of US firms to take over/buy-into to our public services, especially the NHS and our prison services;
- the acceptance of US standards for meat products from animals reared with excessive growth promoting hormones and excessive antibiotics;
- the acceptance of genetically modified (GM) products and products containing them;
- the setting up of Investor Sate Dispute Battlement Courts (ISDSs) to overrule the decisions of our (and their!) sovereign governments