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Britain sees Tran-Pacific trade deal next yr, no date yet for U.S. accord

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  • New British trade minister met counterparts at G20
  • Says speaking to U.S. about attainable interim negotiations
  • Hopes to affix Trans-Pacific partnership in 2022

ROME, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Britain doesn’t know when it’d get a full trade deal with the United States however is hoping to affix a Trans-Pacific trade partnership next yr, British trade minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan stated on Wednesday.

Trevelyan solely took up her submit final month and met lots of her key counterparts face-to-face for the primary time earlier this week, together with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, at a gathering of ministers from the Group of 20 main economies.

Both Britain and the United States need a free trade deal, however there’s no timetable yet for talks, Trevelyan advised Reuters.

“We haven’t got a date in the diary. What we have got is a continuing dialogue on the opportunity to look sector by sector on those key areas that we know will fall into that full, comprehensive deal in full course,” Trevelyan stated.

The British authorities as soon as touted a trade accord with the United States as one of many greatest prizes of leaving the European Union, however since Joe Biden’s election as U.S. president, the prospect of a swift deal has all however disappeared as his administration conducts a wider assessment of trade insurance policies.

“Free trade deals are monstrous, monstrous documents and you can work on separate chapters and make good progress on those while thinking about the whole picture,” Trevelyan stated.

However, the minister stated London hoped to enroll to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in 2022. learn extra

The CPTPP trade pact removes 95% of tariffs between its 11 members — Japan, Canada, Australia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Singapore, Mexico, Peru, Brunei, Chile and Malaysia.

“Hopefully we will be able to tie it down next year, which is very exciting,” the minister stated.

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Britain’s trade minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan speaks throughout an interview with Reuters, in Rome, Italy, October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

Joining the CPTPP in its present format might add lower than 0.1% of pre-pandemic gross home product over the long run, based on British authorities modelling. But ministers say it locks in market entry and is a vital method to achieve affect in a area more and more dominated by China. learn extra

BREXIT HURDLES

London can also be seeking to shore up trade with previous European Union companions, which suffered in the beginning of the yr when Britain exited the bloc’s single market and customs union.

Latest information from Italy confirmed that British imports had been down 9.9% in August year-on-year – the one main nation to see a decline. By distinction, imports from Russia rose 107%, from China 42.5%, from India 87.3% and from the United States 17.4% as world trade recovered from the coronavirus pandemic.

The British trade division stated on Wednesday it might pursue a brand new partnership with Italy to advertise trade. learn extra

Recent information additionally means that Britain is on the right track to lose its standing as one in all Germany’s high 10 buying and selling companions this yr for the primary time since 1950. learn extra

Trevelyan stated trade disruption was a brief phenomenon.

“The logistics of changing systems that businesses have had to learn to use … post Brexit have triggered a few issues that have mostly been ironed out,” she stated.

In a press release forward of this week’s G20 assembly in southern Italy, Trevelyan stated she would push her counterparts to help a reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and complained about “market-distorting practices” of different international locations — criticism that’s repeatedly directed at G20 member China. learn extra

“Some (delegations) were in very entrenched positions and some were clearly in positions that had moved forward,” Trevelyan stated, with out giving additional particulars.

Additional reporting by William James in London; modifying by Philippa Fletcher

Britain's trade minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan speaks during an interview with Reuters, in Rome, Italy, October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

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