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How a UK-US trade deal could lead to Prime Minister Corbyn

Negotiations with Washington would gift the Labour leader a campaign attack line

By David Henig  

Jeremy Corbyn at an anti-Trump rally. Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

The starting gun has been fired on what could be the UK’s first bilateral free trade agreement post-Brexit. On 16th October the US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer sent a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, “that the president intends to initiate negotiations on a trade agreement with the United Kingdom.” The UK government had already started consultations on agreements with the US, Australia, and New Zealand, but without a specific commitment.

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