Just what kind of UK-US trade deal is Boris Johnson trying to achieve?

Game face: Is this the expression Boris Johnson pulls when he’s eating porkie pies… or when he’s telling them?

You can tell a lot about a news outlet’s politics by the way it headlines a story.

Take BBC News, for example: “Boris Johnson warns Trump US must compromise to get UK trade deal” it trumpets, makiing it seem that the US is on the back foot.

And then you see the Mirror‘s headline: “Boris Johnson pitches pork pie and cauliflower export deal to Donald Trump” and the scales fall from your eyes.

Both stories are accurate in their own way. BoJob has indeed asked Donald Trump to lift restrictions on UK businesses – and he did refer to the fact that Melton Mowbray pork pies are not available in the US because of that country’s food regulations, and nor are UK-grown cauliflowers.

They were among a long list of items that are either banned in the US or have higher tariffs than their US equivalents have in the UK, and many may say Mr Johnson is right to point out the inequality.

But who will be negotiating from a position of power, here?

The UK, coming out of alignment with one of the world’s largest and most powerful trading blocs, will be negotiating its own deals for the first time in decades – with the top economic power on the planet.

Donald Trump has shown us all how he handles international trade in his dealings with China. His protectionist approach has triggered an increased-tariffs trade war with his Communist counterparts, threatening harm to both sides.

With the UK in a much weaker position, any threat to Mr Trump’s America is tiny.

He’ll walk all over the likes of Boris Johnson – while pretending to be offering us the world on a plate.

And what of BoJob’s promise that the NHS is not up to be grabbed by US corporations? What will happen to that?

Prepare to be deeply disappointed in your prime minister, your government and your nation.

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2 thoughts on “Just what kind of UK-US trade deal is Boris Johnson trying to achieve?

  1. trev

    Trump even put the kibosh on foreign sales of Harley Davidson, an iconic US company (though I don’t know if that has been resolved?) so Boris ought to be promoting Triumph motorcycles never mind cauliflowers. But when two Nationalists go head to head perhaps they cancel each other out, like a mathematical equation. Or maybe Boris doesn’t really care about the welfare of Britain at all.

    1. Mark Bevis

      “Or maybe Boris doesn’t really care about the welfare of Britain at all.”
      Nailed it. He and his kind only care about the wealth of his and his kind expanding at the expense of everyone else, and the power that comes with it.

      Am surprised he hasn’t offered to sell some islands to Trump, to use as IRBM bases pointed at Russia.

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