The Future of US/UK Trade — Who Will Come Out a Winner?

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    “We are going to win so much” is a staple soundbite from President Donald Trump, and also is representative of his administration’s approach to international negotiations.

    President Trump favors bilateral trade deals and has been optimistically touting the US as the UK’s first FTA partner after Brexit. From the UK’s perspective, Prime Minister Boris Johnson also wants wins, partly due to the desire to uphold certain regulatory standards, and largely to maintain political, economic, and social security and stability post-Brexit to soften the blow of leaving the EU on the UK economy.

    As both countries were primed to begin negotiations, COVID-19 happened. On May 5, 2020, the long-anticipated US-UK FTA discussions finally began, virtually.

    In partnership with Content Enablers, our experts – based in Washington, DC and London – join together for a roundtable discussion to examine the relationship between the US and UK during a historic time in our collective human history, while both countries are in negotiations with each other for a mutually important trade agreement, also in parallel, they are engaging in negotiations with other trade partners around the world, and the shifting dynamics beyond the horizon.

    Topics of discussion will include:

    • The outcome of the first round of talks and what’s next
    • Each country’s negotiating priorities and strategies, meaningful agreements, absolute hard line, and the real-world implications, as well as how the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted or shuffled certain priorities
    • Regulatory and compliance hot spots (e.g., export controls; tariffs; sanitary and phytosanitary measures; government procurement; and defense, national, and public security concerns, etc.)
    • Balancing the relationship with China, and with each other, and how politics may influence the trade negotiations and bilateral relations going forward
    • Involvement and power play in international organizations, such as the World Trade Organization


  • Frank Samolis
    Partner and Co-Chair, International Trade Practice, Washington DC
  • Matthew Kirk
    International Affairs Advisor, London
  • Moderated by:

  • George Grammas
    Partner and Co-Chair, International Trade Practice, Washington DC
  • This event is organized as part of Content Enablers' COMPLIANCE2020 training series, for which Squire Patton Boggs is a knowledge partner. Register by May 27, 2020 to receive a 30-day free trial of the series, which you can cancel at any time.

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