However, it is unlikely that the United Kingdom will enter into an “ideal” business model with the United States, which defends its offensive and defensive interests. The U.S. economy is six times larger than the U.K. economy, and 13% of UK exports go to the US, compared to only 3% of U.S. exports to the UK. Meanwhile, the United States has some of the most developed negotiating capabilities in the world, having concluded 12 bilateral trade agreements and a multilateral agreement since 2000 and conducted lengthy negotiations on the TPP and TTIP. On the other hand, for the first time in more than forty years, the UK is building its trade capabilities while trying to forge its future relations with the EU. It is very likely that an agreement between the United Kingdom and the United States will also include provisions on public services. The government has explicitly stated its ambition to make the UK the world leader in trade in services. Similarly, during the TTIP negotiations (a proposed but unsuccessful trade agreement between the EU and the United States), the United States insisted that its companies have greater access to the UNITED Kingdom`s public service contracts and that a clause to strengthen and block the level of privatization in the public service be improved. This could include sensitive areas, including the provision of NHS services, as well as education, transport and prison services. Opening up to U.S.
companies in this area can accelerate both deregulation and privatization and make it more difficult to cancel these changes. Andorra, San Marino and Turkey are part of the customs union. The UK`s future trade relations with these countries will be influenced by the UK`s agreement with the EU. Given that the agreement still needs to be negotiated and that the UK government is keeping its objectives secret, we do not know exactly what its provisions will be. However, the United States has made it clearer what it will do in a trade agreement between Britain and the United States. Some of these provisions would have profound negative effects on health, well-being and the environment. British civil society organisations, coordinated by the Trade Justice Movement, have therefore developed a series of red lines for the agreement that are available here. The UK currently has a number of important and valuable agricultural and food trade relationships with the EU-27. 1) Source of trade statistics: ONS UK Total trade: all countries, not seasonally adjusted from April to June 2020.