Britain pushes on with U.S. trade talks despite presidential election



Graham Lanktree and Doug Palmer | Politico

Trade talks between Britain and the U.S. continue apace — just don’t mention the looming election.

The third round of negotiations entered its second week on Monday and the British government hopes to make headway across the board. But with former Vice President Joe Biden holding a commanding lead in the polls over Donald Trump, U.K. negotiators face the prospect of a change in the lineup of the opposing team before a final deal is struck.

So why talk now?

“The extreme unpredictability of American policy until after the election means what might or might not be available from the U.S. to the U.K. is just inherently unknowable,” said Ian Shapiro, Sterling professor of political science at the Yale School of Management.

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