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Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to Travel to London to Discuss Brexit and Free Trade Agreement - Washington Report

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will travel to London next week to meet with British government officials to discuss the British withdrawal from the European Union and a free trade agreement with the United States, two British farm leaders who met with Perdue on Tuesday told The Hagstrom Report yesterday.

Meurig Raymond, president of the National Farmers Union in the United Kingdom, and Barclay Bell, president of the Ulster (Northern Ireland) Farmers’ Union, said that they and farm leaders from Scotland and Wales had met with Perdue in the company of the British Ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch.

The two farm leaders said a free trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom may not be possible until Brexit is completed, but the agreement is important to consider because it is unclear whether the rules of U.S.-EU trade relations will apply to the UK once the UK leaves the EU.