US-UK trade talks to begin today

The United States and United Kingdom are set to begin trade talks today.

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will videoconference with British International Trade Secretary Liz Truss.

Reports indicate the first round of negotiations will continue for two weeks with about 200 negotiators.

The U.K. has said animal welfare and food safety standards must be protected in any trade agreement. Lighthizer previously said he believes animal welfare and access to Britain’s National Health Service can be worked out during trade talks.

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture President Doug Goehring says the first round of negotiations is a welcome signal of positivity as COVID-19 projects more uncertainty for the nation’s ag producers.

The North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner says NASDA looks forward to a strong, science-based agreement to benefits producers on both sides of the Atlantic.

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