US negotiators have reportedly offered a post-Brexit UK a much worse deal on ‘Open Skies’ access to American airspace than we currently have as a member of the European Union.
The terms offered by the US would reportedly hit IAG, the owners of British Airways, particularly hard.
Commenting, Chris Bryant MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:
“Donald Trump’s decision to offer the UK worse terms on ‘Open Skies’ than we have as a member of the EU should ring out like a ‘mayday’ to anyone who still thinks a trade deal with the US is an answer to the trade we stand to lose if we leave the EU.
“Donald Trump is not and never will be any friend to British business or British consumers. He sees British economic success as nothing more than a threat and is out to do us down. It would be foolish to base our economic policy on his whims, yet that seems to be what so many Brextremists want us to do.
“Any trade deal with the US if we Brexit will be about putting shoddy food on our dinner plates, protecting US companies from fair competition and demanding our elected leaders accept the role of a vassal to the US President.
“But nobody voted for Brexit because they wanted chlorinated chicken, tariffs on our steel exports or our sovereignty reduced to a cipher and if that is all Brexit allows for then we should keep an open mind about whether it is the right choice for the UK.”
Notes to editors
The FT’s report on this is here: https://www.ft.com/content/9461157c-1f97-11e8-9efc-0cd3483b8b80