U.S. and U.K. Begin Negotiations on Free Trade Agreement…

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.K. Secretary of State for International Trade Elizabeth Truss announced today [joint statement] the beginning of a series of fast-tracked trade negotiations toward a new free trade agreement. [USTR Release]

In the foreground is a trade agreement between the U.S. and the United Kingdom. However, in the more strategic background context these negotiations create leverage for the U.K. in their post-Brexit negotiations with the European Union. First from today:

LIGHTHIZER – […] The US negotiating team will be led by Dan Mullaney, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East; and the UK negotiating team will be led by Oliver Griffiths, Director for US Negotiations at the Department for International Trade. Over 200 staff from U.S. and UK government agencies and departments are expected to take part in the negotiations.

An opening plenary today will kick off the detailed discussions, followed by multiple virtual meetings from Wednesday 6 May to Friday 15 May. The negotiations build on the work conducted through the U.S.-UK Trade and Investment Working Group, which was established in July 2017, partly to lay the ground work for these negotiations.

A comprehensive U.S-U.K trade agreement will further deepen the already very strong trade and investment ties between the United States and UK by creating new opportunities for American and UK families, workers, businesses and farmers through increased access to the other’s market.

The United States and the United Kingdom are the first and fifth largest economies in the world, respectively. Total two-way trade between the two countries is already worth about $269 billion a year. Each country is the other’s largest source of foreign direct investment, with about $1 trillion invested in each other’s economies. Every day, around one million Americans go to work for UK firms, while around one million Britons go to work for American firms. (more)

An important geopolitical overlay helps to better understand the specifics of this dynamic.

The United States is essentially a self-sustaining economy. Meaning, if you think about a nation as an independent construct able to sustain itself; our imports are enhancements not priorities. Our domestic resources, energy development, food production and essential internal needs are capable of sustaining our population.  The import of products is valuable, but in the bigger picture not fundamentally necessary for survival.

The United Kingdom is very similar in this regard. The U.K. has abundant energy resources, food and agricultural development, and is positioned as an independent economy absent the dynamic of internal politics regulating those functions. Domestic politics surrounding left-wing climate change (energy development etc), to restrict internal development, are a function of ability, not necessity. The U.K. has abundant coal, oil and natural gas; it also has abundant agriculture.  [The U.K weakness is military defense.]

Because both nations are similar in their ability to be non-dependent on trade, a free trade agreement is essentially a second-tier negotiation on products and services that enhance the independence. This is a unique dynamic not found in all trade discussions. Two independent economic systems negotiating on trade enhancements to each-other.

This is a much different dynamic than negotiation with a dependent country like China. China cannot feed itself, it needs to import raw materials to sustain itself; thus the importance of the One-Belt/One-Road Beijing initiative. China is a massive economy, but China is also a dependent economy; subject to damage from external dynamics.

Similarly, due to advanced political ideology, Canada cannot sustain itself economically; however, they are dependent by choice. Currently Mexico is not self-sustaining; they too are dependent on both access to the U.S. market and the import of industrial goods. However, unlike Canada our southern trade partner is working toward self-sustenance.

♦ Dependence or Independence is the ultimate context for all trade negotiations.

Dependent countries do not inherently carry negotiation leverage, and must create leverage through access to their economy (China again). The more independent the internal economy is within any nation, the less dependency they have. Less dependency means more leverage… more leverage means better terms (with nationalist negotiators).

A U.S-U.K trade agreement would not be based on “essential” trade products or “vital” trade services. The trade is not essential, but it is complimentary.

A U.S. and U.K. trade agreement is based on mutual enhancements or mutual benefits. This is an important distinction to keep in mind because it plays into the larger geopolitical dynamic.

The U.K. is currently in a post-Brexit negotiation phase after they spit away from the European Union. Strategically, it is smart for the U.K. to enter into trade discussions with the U.S. for needed products and services they might currently be gaining from the EU.

The timing of trade discussion with the U.S. gives Prime Minister Boris Johnson leverage toward the EU.  President Trump and Boris Johnson have previously discussed this.

Additionally, the U.S. and E.U will eventually have to work out a new trade agreement because President trump is realigning all existing U.S. trade terms.

The U.S. already carries all of the leverage in any discussion with the EU; both in terms of market size, need for EU to retain access to the U.S. market, and the generous one-way tariff benefit currently maintained by the EU (which Trump is about to confront). Enhancing the U.S. leverage by providing a super-highway for transatlantic trade between the U.S. and U.K. puts the EU at an even further strategic disadvantage with the U.S.

If President Trump told the EU to drop their market restrictions (protectionist tariffs and non tariff barriers); and the EU refused to negotiate…. well, Trump could just shut the EU trade door completely (think German autos) and collapse their economy. The EU needs us more than we need the EU.

Remember the important dynamic: The EU hitched their wagon to China… China cannot purchase from the EU without the dollars from their U.S. trade imbalance…. If Trump shrinks U.S. purchasing from China; Beijing has less money to spend on EU industrial goods…. When we punch China on the nose, the EU gets the nosebleed.

Again, all of this is leverage for the U.S. and vulnerability for the EU.

Thus, the Trump benefit in a complimentary trade discussion with Boris Johnson is really the pending benefit of leverage over the EU.

Not accidentally, a Johnson benefit in a complimentary trade discussion with Trump is really the current benefit of leverage in their post-Brexit negotiations with the EU.

Because most of the trade sectors will be lower tier; and because the bigger goal for President Trump would be the building of leverage to confront the EU; I would expect the biggest trade gain for the U.S. will be helping the U.K. with military purchases.

There will be a lot of small-ball stuff.  However, the bigger headline within a fast deal will likely be Boris Johnson purchasing advanced military hardware from us, and in return the U.K. will have preferential access to sell into the United States market based on reciprocal value.

That preferential access will form the basis for a trade hub inside the U.K. which will be the gateway to a transatlantic super-highway.  The UK will then negotiate with EU companies based on access to their trade hub.  Boris Johnson control the hub.

Once an alternative trade route is established Trump will start negotiating with the EU for new terms based on reciprocity.  If the EU balks, Trump reminds them he can just close direct EU trade access while reminding them EU companies can use the hub.

The EU will have no choice except to acquiesce to Trump’s terms, drop their protectionist unilateral tariffs and drop their non-tariff barriers.  We finally dissolve the Marshal Plan and enter a new trade era based on actual reciprocity.

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99 Responses to U.S. and U.K. Begin Negotiations on Free Trade Agreement…

  1. Caius Lowell says:

    As part of this trade agreement, can the U.S. require that the socialist, traitorous, and pro-crime Labour Party be completely eradicated? Asking for a friend…

    Liked by 5 people

    • bocephusrex says:

      Corbyn on Tower Hill has a nice ring to it-

      Liked by 4 people

    • William the Comptroller says:

      Or deportation of Pakistanis (especially those relatives were slaveraper convicts in Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxfordshire, Telford, Birmingham, Etceterashire….

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      • bocephusrex says:

        Worked there for a time when I was younger and I’m always struck by the fact that the Indians who’d immigrated there when the Empire fell integrated into British culture quite well. Worked extremely hard and quickly rose to the middle classes and upward. But shockingly not so the Muslims – I mean its almost like they don’t want to….or something-

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        • GB Bari says:

          ..almost like they don’t want to

          They have absolutely no intention of assimilating any farther than just enough to ascertain the UK (and every western country) society’s weak points so as to subsequently neutralize and dominate it.

          I truly wonder what native Britons really believe is the future of their nation with so many foreign muslims already living within and increasing in numbers.

          Is this another case of the unsuspecting frog in the pot of water on the stove?
          This will have long term ramifications on our mutual trade with the UK.

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          • The Devilbat says:

            GB Bari, The muslim savages were brought in by the Marxist Labour government to be a voting block for them. These idiot idiot politicians had never heard about the fact that all muslims are brought up from childhood to detest all non muslims.

            One of the most popular imams in Iraq, one Al-Sayyid Ali Al-Husseini Al-Sistani has told his millions of followers that there was a list of ten things that were most unclean to all muslims. They are as follows:

            1, Urine
            2, Feces
            3, Semen
            4, Corpses
            5, Blood
            6, dog
            7, Pig
            8, Disbeliever (kāfir); All non muslims
            9, Wine
            10, Sweat of an excrement eating animal

            Yes, nice people the muslims /sarc. They can put us on the same level as the sweat from an excrement eating animal (also known as a democrat here in the US) and yet one is instantly arrested in the UK for saying anything bad about either them or their beliefs.

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        • Maquis says:

          They are working to bring us down to their level, actually below theirs, to the grave itself if we resist.

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        • USMCLt says:

          The Indians also improved the British culinary arts to a degree. 😉

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          • The Devilbat says:

            The people from India fit into the UK and the US very well. Hindu’s I have known and still know rank as being some of the finest people in the world. They have often told me about the acute dangers of Islam. The Indian Sikh people are also very nice. They had more of a cultural move to make in order to fit in and they did cause quite a lot of trouble back in the late 1960’s and the seventies. Today however they are as British as everyone else (except muslims) in the UK.

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          • The Indians coulda added “Sweat of an excrement eating animal” to most British dishes and it woulda been an improvement

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        • Realist says:

          Islam does not come to Assimilate or to Integrate Islam comes to Dominate

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        • Lenny says:

          The Paki’s that came in the 50 and 60 did, but the newer one’s 80’s and 90’s are old school stone age.

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  2. BocephusRex says:

    “The United States is essentially a self-sustaining economy” Except for PPE, pharmaceuticals and medical devices—the $*#& needs to come back home and fast-we can NEVER be held hostage again by the filthy CCP-

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  3. TarsTarkas says:

    Is the UK really food sufficient? I remember many years ago that Britain was vulnerable to U-Boat blockades because the UK was NOT food-sufficient (although that was likely due to archaic farming practices). I can’t find anything but several year old paywalled Guardian and other UK publication articles.

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    • bocephusrex says:

      I can believe it-have travelled a lot there and the southwest is nothing but farms and ag-Yorkshire is much the same. Vast parts of Scotland and Wales, too-

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    • Johnny Boost says:

      Plenty of bland food and warm beer for everyone.

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      • paulinco says:

        Surely you jest. There is nothing bland about Indian food 😉

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      • louche9 says:

        I’ll take English bacon over American, any day. I love English sausages, cucumbers and mince pies. I can’t remember the name of the item, but I used to eat a certain type of yogurt Sainsbury’s sold that had little chewy bits in it, almost like chewy seeds. That stuff was delicious and Idt America sells it; at least, I’ve never been able to find it. Cadbury’s chocolate beats Hershey’s with a stick. It’s not all bad.

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      • Crewdog 52. says:

        I was a skeptic on their beer until I tried it in their wonderful pubs. Now I consider it one of their national treasures. Lots to choose from and I’ve never had fish and chips in the US that comes anywhere near the quality they have.

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    • Bromdale says:

      The notion that the UK might even come close to being a self-sustaining economy will seem bizarre to anyone who lives here. Go to any High Street retailer looking for household goods and see if you can find anything that isn’t marked “Made in China”. Likewise try to find an item of clothing or footwear that was not imported. The same is largely true for food. For the most part, home-produced items will only be found in small specialist establishments catering for the affluent. Where do you think our computers and smartphones are made?

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  4. lieutenantm says:

    Boris must understand at the outset that His Queen and Her Privy Council
    DO NOT OUTWEIGH US……….We are willing to help the UK, but we will not tolerate Her Majesty’s
    ….um…majesty…..attempting to manipulate or direct us here in the U.S.

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    • richard verney says:

      The Queen has no power in the UK, so she certainly has none in America. The Uk has no more gunboats and it is long past the time when it ruled the waves. It is a longtime since America booted out the British Monarchy. There is no need to fear a backdoor entry, and the Queen would not demean herself to use the servant’s entrants.

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  5. Kaco says:

    I hope PM Johnson has dumped Huawei once and for all. Otherwise, no shared intelligence, or maybe shared anything. This is imperative.

    One thing I do know of, neither British people or even Canadians want our food. “Chlorinated chickens” or the hormones and other GMO stuff. They have a much cleaner food supply than us. They are much more strict. I used to get my dog’s food from Canada (Champion) but then they builr a facility in the States. Supposedly the same standards, but I don’t know.

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    • azgulch says:

      GMO foods work just fine in the belly, so do disinfected chickens. You are so misinformed, but I will not try to reeducate you on this blog.

      Hormones may be responsible for all our teenage daughters having bigger breasts, but I don’t mind.:).

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      • Kaco says:

        I have boys.and I do mind. And I don’t care if you think I am misinformed or not, I would prefer natural foods, not Monsanto frankenfoods.

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        • deplorableintx says:

          Rabbit trail…Shortly after college in the early 90’s, I worked as an Engineer on a project at a Monsanto plant. Weeks before, they’d had an unexpected explosion in their “chicken feed” production unit (no injuries due to the power of remote-controlled operation). They invented the product and never knew it violently reacted with water. I saw 14″ I-beams resembling paperclips afterwards. That product was so profitable, that they paid Brown and Root to work 24/7 to get the unit back up and running, as well as $$$ premiums to get the glass-lined pipe and equipment manufactured first. Oh, and the deductible was 100 million.

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      • TreeClimber says:

        After everything we know about the FDA, you’re okay with tampered food? I’m not. Nor do I appreciate my sons being exposed to female hormones.

        (And your little aside about teenage girls’ breasts is… a little creepy.)

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      • guest4ever says:

        azgulch—Is that you Joe Biden?

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    • Dav says:

      I saw an article published this evening wherein the GOP (I think Cotton is leading the charge) is putting together a bill to disallow ANY F35s or any advanced assets in any country that is deploying Huawei…

      the game continues…

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    • Kerry says:

      And the average percentage of household income spent on food between the US and UK is what, exactly.

      GMO scare tactics are Greenie BS and purposely used as trade barriers while millions suffer from hunger and the Watermelons claim they are better off sticking to “subsistence” farming practices. Ever hear of Golden Rice?

      Sheesh.

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  6. calbear84 says:

    “Due to advanced political ideology, Canada cannot sustain itself economically.”
    That’s about as chilling a statement as I’ve ever read.

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  7. TestName7 says:

    It’s possible our ‘kingdoms’ could also coalesce around the “rare” “mineral” issue.

    . . .

    This also cuts at 45 degrees through tech and semi-Con.

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  8. Dutchman says:

    IMHO,
    The thing is, while virtually every country we do trade with has large tariffs on our products,…and many countries have additionally taken advantage of our defensive (military) umbrella, without paying,…China and the EU are in a Unique position, that other countries (India, Japan, Brazil) are NOT in.

    CHINA and the EU have structured their political and economic systems, depending on the status quo that PDJT is upending.

    The EU has financed its generous social programs, by not paying its share of NATO obligations, and by the trade imbalance it has created with tariffs.

    Look how many Audis and Mercedes there are in the U.S.,…but there are NO Ford or GM pickups or SUV’S in Germany.

    Thats just one small example. Point is, for EU to agree to PDJT’s reasonable demands on trade, and meeting their NATO obligations, they will no longer be able to offer generous pension programs, or ‘free’medical.

    And their people will not stand for the equivalent of the government ending their Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs. They are called “entitlements” for a reason ; once governments start handing them out, the citisenry feel “entitled”.
    So, I don’t see how the EU countries CAN reach a sustainable trade agreement with PDJT, because it would destabilise their social order.

    Likewise, while the details are different, CHINA also is dependeant on the status quo; they can NOT compete, and so must cheat.

    To truly reach an agreement with PDJT, and not reneg, would destabilise China’s CCP rule; they can NEVER live with the terms PDJT is dictating to them.

    Hence, while he can reach agreement with Japan, Brazil and even India, he can NEVER reach a sustainable agreemeny with either the EU or CHINA, and so tariffs on these two entities, for the foreseeable future, is what I see as the only way forward.

    Which, over time will ALSO probably destabilise both the EU and CHINA.
    It will just take longer.

    After all, the EU with its unelected buerocrats setting economic policy, is really just CCP-lite. Its STILL Conmunism, and Conmunism stops working, when it runs out of other peoples $.

    Both the EU and CHINA have been ripping us off, for 1/2 a trillion $/year, each, for 25-30 years.
    So, around $30 Trillion,, which is about how much our budget is in the hole.

    But, don’t forget that DOESN’T count all the OTHER countries that have ripped us off, for the,same 20-30 years, with uneven tariffs and military funding.

    So, plenty of $ available, to square up the debt, by ending these thefts, and using tariffs against CHINA and EU, to claw back some of the trillions they have stolen.

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    • Bill says:

      Dutchman, and what’s truly terrifying about your post is, Trump won’t be here more than 4.5 more years. These two slime ball governmental bodies will just outlast Trump until the next leftist president takes office. Then we are screwed. So at this point, it’s a waiting game. I still don’t understand why the left didn’t just sit back and bide their time. I guess because the chosen one got those addicts so close they could taste it. And once Trump took over, it was like he took the needle out of the addicts arm. And they are surviving on handfuls of pills that aren’t strong enough to keep them from getting antsy.

      I really hope DJTJR is making sure he stays clean as a whistle and is ready to run in 4.5 years. We need this admin to go on for much more than 4.5 years. We need DJTJR followed by Eric to get us a solid 20.5 years from next month.

      God willing.

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      • GB Bari says:

        We would also need Lighthizer, Ross, Mnuchin, and Navarro to serve for another 20 years or develop brilliant replacements to take over in their place. These men have been responsible for much of President Trump’s economic success.

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      • Dutchman says:

        Well, I think they couldn’t wait and bide their time, because CHINA is who they all work for, even if some don’t realise it. (Useful idiots)
        And CHINA’s Who-flu gambit, tells me that they (CCP) can’t maintain power in CHINA, for four more years of PDJT’s tariffs.
        So, CHINA has detirmined that they can not survive a PDJT second term, and we have seen the lengths they will go to, to insure he doesn’t get a,second term.

        All this crap, Muh Russia/Mueller, Muh Ukraine /Impeachment, muh resistance, etc….is ALL about CHINA.
        IF he had left CHINA alone, he could have persude the wall, etc.
        IMHO, it was his taking on CHINA which fueled all the resistance.

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        • yucki says:

          Dutch,
          I’m with you on everything up to the Dynasty bit.
          PT is a special moment in history. No genetic coattails.

          The family could found an amazing media corporation. That’s power not term-limited. For us. For U.S.

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          • Dutchman says:

            Yes, PDJT has, several times said how once he’s gone, the media giants will all go out of business, without him to cover.

            I do wonder; he’s not going to retire quietly, of start a foundation, or build houses for the homeless.
            Trump media, could put all the others out of business, in short order.
            News, entertainment, movies, etc. None of them could,stamd up against real competition; its why they subverted Faux, and use their combined influence, to suppress OANN, making it difficult to access.

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    • Maquis says:

      US – (CHINA + EU) = CHEUXIT

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  9. Deplorable Canuck says:

    Canada should join in. Be like the old days of the Dominion of Canada, Made in the USA etc. Time to revive Anglo-American greatness and re-civilize the world again!

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    • Barry Barnhardt says:

      Let’s just invade both Canada and Mexico, make them territories for awhile, change their governments to a representative republic like we have, get rid of the cartels in Mexico, eliminate the rich Mexican families’ hold on the wealth there (see getting rid of the cartels), create a large middle class, make Canada an English-only country (and the U. S., BTW), and then eventually make 10 new states out of those two countries.

      That would solve huge numbers of problems for Americans, and the Canadians and Mexicans would have better lives (except those rich Mexicans and their cartels).

      Oh, and I’m only half-joking.

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  10. T2020 says:

    From SD’s recent photos…Lighthizer has great fangs..

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    • I stumbled onto an article on Breitbart about some dude who narrates “Honeybadger don’t give a sh*t” videos. I highly recommend it. Unless you are unable to listen to non-f-word-profanity. If so, I’ll pray for you to develop a sense of humor.

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  11. Magabear says:

    Trade? Think people of both nations need to get out from house arrest before this will matter.

    Glad Lighthizer is staying busy at least.

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  12. zaq123 says:

    The U.K weakness is military defense. ….. As it is with most, if not all, of Europe. They decided the fund their welfare state instead of taking care of themselves, because for years, they’ve had Uncle Sugar taking care of them and the rest of mainland Europe. Time to start taking care of yourself.

    No reason for the US to be the world’s bodyguard, anymore, as well all know.

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    • TestName7 says:

      There is no threat of the size they perceive.

      The greatest trick the bomb makers ever pulled is convincing the world they needed more.

      Ps: I am not a pacifist. I would not decomission a single warhead.

      Everything has its purpose under Heaven.

      “There is no reason for the US to be the worlds bodyguard anymore”.

      Indeed, There is not.
      All children must grow in their time.
      If they are to be unruly children; so be it.

      Remember the Father’s love.
      I did not make those words.
      He did.

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  13. hpushkin says:

    Thank you, a very fine article, Sundance.

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  14. A2 says:

    One point , an important one is unless the UK drops Huawei, the trade deal will not go forward.

    I read they are using Zoom for the negotiations. Insert eye roll.

    I expect the negotiations will give Boris an out on Huawei.

    If you haven’t seen the PRC ambassador interviewed on BBC Hard talk, you missed a classic. A classic in the sense that the PRC has a big shovel and keeps digging the hole.

    The PRC hasn’t only been leaning and threatening the EU, but also the UK. They have control of some significant assets, like energy and property. Time to say thanks for all the fish, and farewell.

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    • Ospreyzone says:

      The purchasing of advanced military hardware from us is completely reliant on the UK’s decision regarding Huawei. We simply cannot afford to hand China the keys to our most advanced military equipment.

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  15. Gordon Jackson says:

    The US shares a lot more common history and culture with the UK and every English speaking country including Belize than we do Red China. Why not work with these countries more so rather than the Red Chinese who say they will start a war with the US, want to dominate the world, say they are the superior race, steal US IP, make pandemics in their virus labs, use threats of military force on India, Viet Nam and Tibet, Taiwan and Hong Kong, fabricate islands into military bases in the South China and East China seas against UN resolutions and their own diplomatic promises, harvest organs from Falun Gong and Uighurs, etc.?

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    • A2 says:

      Well there is this👇

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    • IIRC The precursor to the CIA was infiltrated by the commies via the UK or England. Yes we have a common history, but the UK has a history of being a gateway to espionage against the USA.

      That was WW2 era. Imagine how bad it is now.

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      • guest4ever says:

        footballfan—With all the crap POTUS/General Flynn have been dealing with, I don’t think any of us have to imagine how bad it is now.

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  16. A2 says:

    And let’s not forget India👇

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  17. joebkonobi says:

    Easy to see why President Trump is hated by the globalists, especially China. Between trade and immigration Trump is killing them, figuratively speaking of course. We call it winning! This is why the 2020 presidential election is likely the most consequential election since Lincoln. WE better not screw it up or let the dems screw it up. If dems gain control China and the EU will be encouraged to continue their wicked ways and we will be slayed by open borders,

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  18. Perot Conservative says:

    What happens if a Democrat President tries to reverse it in 4-8 years?

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  19. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “Our domestic resources, energy development, food production and essential internal needs are capable of sustaining our population. The import of products is valuable, but in the bigger picture not fundamentally necessary for survival.”

    How about Chromium?

    As far as I know, we don’t have a domestic source for that one. Without chromium, we would be back near the stone age, since it is essential for things like stainless steel.

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    • Snellvillebob says:

      No country is totally self-sourcing. My parents, during WWII, had to use gas rations to buy gas. There was not becaiuse there was a shortage of gas, rather of rubber for the tires.

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  20. RAC says:

    Hope Boris can be convinced not to use chicom 5g.

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  21. wodiej says:

    Again, no country should be doing any trade with communist china. They are immoral, lacking in any sanitary food practices, and greedy, backstabbers.

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  22. fern721 says:

    We need to be finding more Americans with strength for when President Trump reaches the end of his second term; and fix our schools. We the people need to actively participate every year in our governance and self control our own appetites.

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  23. Robert says:

    This is genius-level stuff. Thank you for sharing your vast understanding of trade knowledge. I’m much more informed because of you, Sundance. God Bless!

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  24. TradeBait says:

    Culture change coming to the Brits. They will be the better for it as they relearn how to MGBGA.

    Thank you once again, sundance. We learn so much that is useful from your posts.

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  25. magatrump says:

    SD Thank you for your excellent article and summary!

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  26. Nightshade says:

    China is a Proxy of Britain since the Opium Wars. Marxism Leninism is a product of Fabian Socialist London. The British Crown is behind the coup against President Trump. Time to implement War Plan Red. No Kings. No Queens. No Royals.

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  27. BobC says:

    Whatever deal is negotiated with the UK the devil will be in the enforcement details which will have the Lighthizer hallmark on them. Here’s a directive from the President just a few days ago that shows nothing is ever left to chance:

    “Section 1. Establishment of the Interagency Labor Committee for Monitoring and Enforcement.

    The Interagency Labor Committee for Monitoring and Enforcement (Committee) is hereby established to coordinate the efforts of the United States to monitor the implementation and maintenance of the labor obligations of Canada and Mexico, to monitor the implementation and maintenance of Mexico’s labor reform, and to recommend enforcement actions with respect to Canada or Mexico, as provided for in section 715 of the Act.

    Sec. 2. Membership. The Committee shall be co-chaired by the United States Trade Representative and the Secretary of Labor, and shall include representatives of the Department of State, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Homeland Security, and the United States Agency for International Development. The Co-Chairs may invite representatives from other executive departments or agencies, as appropriate, to participate as members or observers.

    That’s how my favorite President and the Wolverines roll. Watch out Boris!!

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  28. Shyster says:

    Now is the time to hit Boris on his China/Huawei 5G ties given that the Chinese COVID pandemic.POTUS needs to nudge Boris over the edge on this issue now given the current strong distrust for China in the U.K.

    https://www.bloombergquint.com/technology/johnson-s-huawei-plan-at-risk-as-u-k-set-to-rethink-china-ties

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  29. John f. Sullivan says:

    A simple military code of conduct should govern all our affairs domestic and foreign. I will not lie, steel or cheat; nor tolerate those that do.

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  30. nessimmersion says:

    Sometimes it can be a bit more complicated.
    My German car was made in the USA, so some tariffs are just.going.to be messy from the start.

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  31. dd_sc says:

    …be Boris Johnson purchasing advanced military hardware from us,

    What military hardware does the UK currently purchase from USA?

    They already make most of their main combat hardware like the Challenger 2 and Typhoon fighter.

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