US trade deal is not all and end all -Truss of the United Kingdom

Newly appointed British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss walks out of Downing Street in London, Britain on September 15, 2021. REUTERS / Hannah McKay

MANCHESTER, England, October 3 (Reuters) – A deal with the United States is not the “all and the end” of trade deals, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said on Sunday.

A trade deal with the United States was touted as one of the biggest prices for leaving the European Union during the 2016 referendum campaign, but since Joe Biden was elected President of the United States , the prospect of a quick deal has all but faded as his administration conducts a broader trade policy review.

“I disagree … this is the end of trade,” Truss said at an event on the sidelines of the ruling Conservative Party’s annual conference, when asked about the prospects for a trade deal with the states -United. .

“There are a lot of fast growing regions in the world that want to do business with Britain and there is a whole pipeline of trade deals that we are negotiating.”

Former Commerce Minister Truss said her message to Americans on trade was “we want to see them out there.”

Truss, who was appointed last month and has already traveled to the United States and Mexico in her new role, said it was important that Britain and her allies strive to trade with the countries in development.

“If we don’t reach out to them, who is it? The answer is that these are authoritarian regimes that don’t have their best interests at heart… what we don’t want is for these countries to be dragged along. in the orbit of authoritarian regimes, “she said.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, editing by Paul Sandle

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