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Here’s What US Lobbyists Want Donald Trump To Get From A Post-Brexit Trade Deal
Powerful lobbyists are pressing Donald Trump to play hard ball over the NHS, food quality and consumer rights during talks for a US-UK trade deal, it can be revealed.

The US department of trade asked American industry what the President should extract from a post-Brexit Britain – and the responses were startling.

Lobbyists for big firms made more than 130 demands, which include:

  • Changing how NHS chiefs buy drugs to suit big US pharmaceutical companies
  • Britain scraps its safety-first approach to safety and food standards
  • Law changes that would allow foreign companies to sue the British state
  • Removal of protections for traditional British products.

It comes as wrangling over Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement reaches its final stages and focus begins to shift to the future relationship the UK will have with the EU and other trading nations.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has previously said “nothing is completely off the table” when it comes to talks with the US.

But Labour MP Ian Murray, a leading campaigner for the pro-second EU referendum group People’s Vote, said: “These plans would effectively turn Britain into an economic colony of the United States and must be resisted.”

Here, HuffPost UK has compiled a list of just 30 US lobbyist demands made to the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

1) Scrap the safety-first approach to food quality and standards

Firms want US negotiators to force Britain to ditch the “precautionary principle” when it comes to food safety standards, multiple submissions to the US government’s consultation demanded.

Lobbyists for the North America Export Grain Association and National Grain and Feed Association, for example, said “the EU’s inappropriate use of the ‘precautionary principle’ when addressing regulatory measures is a challenge”. 

They added that the two groups “view a trade agreement with the UK as an opportunity for US negotiators to seek the resolution of several non-tariff trade barriers stemming from the EU’s protectionist use of precaution that have plagued US-EU bilateral trade”.

2) Weaken data protection for consumers

Britain has strict regulations which protect the privacy of data and stop it from being sold to third parties.

Adopting the EU-wide GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) rules last year made companies more accountable for data protection, a move that is credited with giving people more control over their data.

But, in their submission, the American Property Casualty Insurance
Association said it was made clear some firms see UK data rules as a barrier.

It reads: “US insurers have noted that compliance with data regulations in the UK, particularly with regard to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is overly burdensome.

“We suggest that the UK-US negotiations be used to reduce that burden.”  Read more

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Here’s What US Lobbyists Want Donald Trump To Get From A Post-Brexit Trade Deal