“It will be a tough old haggle, but we'll get there,” Johnson said | WPA/Pool Photo by Daniel-Lead Olivas via Getty Images
Boris Johnson: UK-US trade deal will be a ‘tough old haggle’
British PM says Americans are ‘very tough negotiators’ who ‘still ban haggis, for heaven’s sake.’
Updated 8/13/19, 4:56 PM CET
Brokering a transatlantic trade deal won’t be easy but can be done, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday.
“It will be a tough old haggle, but we’ll get there,” Johnson told Sky News.
“In my experience, the Americans are very tough negotiators indeed,” he said, adding that the U.S. market “is growing very fast for the U.K., but they still ban haggis, for heaven’s sake.”
Johnson also said reaching a post-Brexit deal with the EU will be most important.
“The single biggest deal that we need to do is a free trade agreement with our friends and partners over the Channel.”
Johnson’s comments come a day after John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, said during a visit to the U.K. that the two countries could broker sector-by-sector deals to reach bilateral agreements “very quickly, very straightforwardly.”
Bolton’s comments have been dismissed by trade experts, who say piecemeal deals based on tariff reductions in one sector would not comply with World Trade Organization rules.
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