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