Monday 16 January 2017 / 3:12 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Political rhetoric must not be allowed to get in the way of proper scrutiny and a tough negotiation – Barry Gardiner

Barry Gardiner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for
International Trade,
commenting on President-elect Trump’s remarks about prospects for
a UK-US trade deal, said: 

“A strong bilateral trade relationship with the United States is
very much in Britain’s interest. But the danger is that the Government ends up
sacrificing key sectors of British industry in order to get a deal done
quickly.

“Labour want a deal that creates opportunities for our SMEs to
access the US market, not just a deal that works for big multinationals.

“We want a deal that protects the NHS from big American healthcare
companies; a deal that preserves our high food safety standards; a deal that
safeguards our environmental and social standards, as well as offering
protection for workers.

“It is good that the US President-elect wants to do a trade deal
with the UK: the Labour Party welcomes that. But the political rhetoric must
not be allowed to get in the way of proper scrutiny and a tough negotiation
that ensures the deal works for ordinary people in both countries, not just
those at the top.”