In recent times, Remainers have pushed the narrative that a trade deal with the US would mean being forced to lower British food standards and forced to take on chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef. This very narrative was contended by Shanker Singham, head of Trade at the Centre for Economics and Business Research.
Shaker went on Times Radio saying: “Agriculture is certainly an issue between the UK and US.
“But it is important to understand what the US is asking for.
“All the US is asking for from their negotiating mandate is that the UK will comply with the WTO rules, the so-called sanitary and phytosanitary rules in the WTO.
“The US is not really asking for anything more than that, in fact, the US’ negotiating mandate specifically says that the UK should not lower its labour or environmental standards.”
Shanked said the public need to see at the detail of the deal between UK – US before fearing the worse as Britain moves into a post Brexit environment, which is free from the EU.
Mr Singham said: “There is a lot of heat on this issue, I think when people actually look at what the US is asking for and what the UK is able to deliver, the sides are not as far apart as people might think.
“It is certainly true that in any free trade agreement with major agricultural producers like the US, Australia or New Zealand or Japan, all of these countries will want to see a tariff liberation on agricultural products.
“They will want to see that the UK is not using its rules in a protectionist way to block trade.”
“What enables you to negotiate a trade deal successfully is not so much the size of your market, though that is of some relevance.
“The UK, while it certainly has defensive interests, is not on the same scale as those of the EU.
“If you’re lean and agile, then you can actually do good trade deals.
“The trade deal is not a zero-sum game, it’s not US vs the UK, you’re look to expand markets, and that’s a win-win for both sides.”