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In her first official meeting since being appointed the UK's new International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss met with US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson earlier this week, Monday July 29, in a sign of the growing importance of the UK-US Special Relationship.
During the meeting, Secretary Truss and Ambassador Johnson reaffirmed the two Governments commitments to negotiating and securing a free trade agreement (FTA), whilst also outlining plans for the UK Secretary of State to visit the United States for further talks. Secretary Truss in particular pointed out the importance of a US/UK FTA, explaining that "Negotiating and signing exciting new free trade agreements is my top priority – and none are more important than with the United States. This deal has the potential to deliver new markets for great British products and services and lower prices and more choices for British shoppers ... We are fast-tracking these deals, and making sure British businesses are ready to trade so they can take advantage of the golden opportunities ahead."
In a tweet after the meeting, Ambassador Johnson described it as 'excellent to meet new UK Trade Secretary' Liz Truss, highlighting the existing strength of the Special Relationship which currently sees $260bn worth of trade already taking place between the UK and the US. With discussions about Brexit reaching an important juncture, the continued focus on US-UK trade is important for both nations, and good news for Americans in the UK.