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America Has A Unique 300 Year Old View Of Free Trade - UK Must Recognise This To Strike A Deal

1st February 2020

Emma Hart, Senior Lecturer in American History, University of St Andrews poses some thoughts on historical connections as we move to an American Trade deal.

With Boris Johnson hailing parliament's vote towards Britain leaving the EU on January 31, there is a general consensus among the country's leaders that there will be an intimate trading relationship with the US after Brexit. But whenever the question of a deal comes up in the media, there is usually much talk of stumbling blocks.

There is the war of words between UK chancellor Sajid Javid and US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin over a digital tax on American companies in the UK, for instance. Or fears that the NHS will be sold off to US healthcare giants.

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