After Donald Trump’s explosive interview yesterday, in which he said the Government’s Brexit proposal would “probably kill” any chance of a post-Brexit UK-US trade deal, the People’s Vote campaign have found 10 examples of Brexiters claiming that one of the benefits of Brexit would be a trade deal with America.
This also follows on from the US Ambassador Woody Johnson’s warning that the Government’s proposal for Brexit meant a US-UK trade deal was “totally up in the air”.
It looks like a post-Brexit trade deal with the US, one of the supposed great prizes of Brexit, must now join the long list of Brexit Broken Promises.
The 10 examples are as follows:
- "The President of the United States has always made it clear that he is keen to be able to sit down and talk with the UK about a future trade deal. We are also clear that we want to ensure that we have a trade deal that works for the United Kingdom..."
Theresa May, 11 June 2018, https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2018-06-11a.600.5&s=united+states+speaker%3A10426#g608.3
- "If the British government went to Trump today and said right, let's crack on, I think that certainly by the end of this year if not a considerable time before, a trade deal could be done."
Nigel Farage, 29 March 2017, https://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/29/farage-claims-us-and-uk-could-have-trade-deal-by-end-of-year.html
- “He [President Trump] is fine about the UK trade deal, I can tell you that because I was over in Washington about 10 weeks ago and the first thing they all said is ‘why aren’t we doing this now, getting this ready? Because we can do this in six months after you leave’.
Iain Duncan Smith, 30 June 2017, https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/823272/Brexit-Iain-Duncan-Smith-US-donald-trump-strike-up-UK-trade-deal-now-talkradio-theresa-may
- "Trade deals with the US and China alone will give us a trade area almost twice the size of the EU, and of course we will also be seeking deals with Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, India, Japan, the UAE, Indonesia – and many others."
David Davis, 14 July 2016, https://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2016/07/david-davis-trade-deals-tax-cuts-and-taking-time-before-triggering-article-50-a-brexit-economic-strategy-for-britain.html
- "We hear that we are first in line to do a great free trade deal with the United States. So, it’s going to be a very exciting year for both our countries."
Boris Johnson, 9 January 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jan/09/boris-johnson-holds-warm-and-frank-talks-with-trump-aides
- "In a debate which should be about how we make our contribution to global liberalisation and the increased prosperity of both the UK, the US... and our ability to work jointly towards both a free-trade agreement and WTO liberalisation - the British media are obsessed with chlorine-washed chickens."
Liam Fox, 25 July 2017, https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/fox-challenged-eat-chlorine-washed-chicken-tv/
- “We now have the opportunity to have a great free trade deal between the largest and the fifth-largest economies on the planet. President Trump, using the superlatives he does on these occasions, says it’s going to be the most beautiful, fantastic, amazing trade deal ever. And actually, for once, I think those superlatives could be justified.”
Daniel Hannan, 8 April 2018, https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/942667/Brexit-news-free-trade-deal-UK-USA-Donald-trump-Dan-Hannan
- "The third win will be in global trade. Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada and the USA are keen to sign trade deals with us."
John Redwood, 11 July 2018, https://twitter.com/johnredwood/status/1016980425393233921
- "With Wilbur Ross US trade secretary @PhilBryantMS launch of the Royal Commonwealth in the USA. The USA want a trade deal with us!"
Arron Banks, 23 February 2018, https://twitter.com/Arron_banks/status/967001224183795712
- "The EU after years of trying still doesn't have trade deals with the US, China or India. But if we vote to leave we can take control of our trade negotiations and seal those deals more quickly."
Michael Gove, 19 April 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NLc9i_O14Q
Commenting, Stephen Doughty MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“The promise of a quick, easy and lucrative trade deal with the US was sold by Brexiters and the Government as one of the ‘great prizes’ of a vote to leave the EU. But now it must join the ever-increasing list of broken Brexit promises.
“Brexiters repeatedly claimed that a trade deal with the US would help make up for the cost of crashing out of our largest market, the EU, but now that claim is crumbling and it’ll be the British people who are left picking up the pieces.
“Whether you voted leave or remain in 2016, the proposal on offer is not one that satisfies anybody, and will end up leaving us all poorer and will diminish our great country. That’s why we need a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”
Notes to editors
The full Donald Trump interview can be read here: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6766531/trump-may-brexit-us-deal-off/
The Woody Johnson comments can be read here: http://www.cityam.com/288941/us-ambassador-woody-johnson-warns-trade-deal-up-air-after