Washington and London have concluded the latest round of trade talks without a significant breakthrough and talks will not resume until January. International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan crossed the Atlantic last week – and before the trip she spoke of “enormous opportunities to deepen trade ties benefiting communities on both sides of the Atlantic”.
British officials had hoped to build on a series of mini-deals reached earlier in the year, including on British beef, lamb and Scotch whiskey.
Ms Trevelyan had also pushed for the removal of costly tariffs on steel and aluminum – which the US suspended for the EU in October – but the Biden administration has so far refused to do the same concession to UK exporters.
Ben Harris-Quinney, a former foreign and economic policy adviser, insisted that if the UK took a stronger stance, these obstacles could be overcome.
The chair of think tank The Bow Group added that Britain must also stress that relations between countries are not one-sided.
He told Express.co.uk: âThe United States relies on us a lot and that trust needs to be further harnessed.
âThere are also many other potential partners around the world, and the UK needs to be much more realistic about working with countries which may be very different from ours, but which offer potential economic benefits.
âWe have a long-standing alliance with the United States which I hope will always be there, but we have to remind Biden why.
Speaking in Washington, Ms Trevelyan said: âWe have always been clear that resolving this dispute is the right thing to do.
“This will benefit workers and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic and remove the need for the UK to impose retaliatory duties on US products.”
US Trade Representative Katherine Tai agreed to discuss the matter further, but declined to make any concrete commitments.
Ms Trevelyan confirmed that negotiations would resume in January and invited US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo to London.
A joint statement said the two officials discussed “finding a way at the start of the new year.”
He added that the UK and US “would quickly engage in consultations on steel and aluminum, with a view to tackling global overcapacity and addressing outstanding concerns over US tariffs and British countermeasures “.