Britain aims to strengthen trade ties with US: trade minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan

British trade minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan will seek to strengthen trade relationship with the United States during her visit to New York and Washington on her trip to the United States this week.

A full trade relation between the two countries continue to remain a distant prospect.

Trevelyan is scheduled to meet U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo in Washington on Tuesday as she promotes Britain at meetings with investors.

Although Britain is touting its trade relation with the United States as one of the biggest prizes of Brexit, U.S. President Joe Biden has made it clear that any such deal is not a priority for his administration.

Biden’s statement has forced Britain to take a different approach n its pursuit of a trade deal, by going after smaller agreements as it seeks to remove specific trade barriers in long-running trade disputes.

Trevelyan’s visit, her first since becoming trade minister in September, will continue to pursue that strategy, including a push to resolve a dispute over steel and aluminium tariffs.

In 2018, former U.S. President Donald Trump had imposed 25% and 10% tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the EU; while the tariffs were withdrawn in October 2021, they however remain in place after Britain exited from the EU. Last week, officials from Britain and the United States rejected a report in the Financial Times that said talks on resolving the tariff row were stalled due to concerns about post-Brexit trade rules affecting Northern Ireland. 

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