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US Ireland lobby could stop US-UK free trade deal

Friday, August 2, 2019

Significance

The communication is emblematic of the US Ireland political lobby and its concern about Brexit, Ireland and US-UK ties.

Impacts

  • A delayed US-UK FTA would be politically damaging to Johnson and Trump, who both want to prioritise trade and deals.
  • Trump has said work is under way on the FTA; even so, agreeing a fully fledged FTA will take years.
  • Trump may agree an interim set of trade measures with Johnson that both would try to sell as a win.
  • Johnson may soon visit Washington to build up UK-US ties.
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