US officials are insistent any future trade deal with Brussels must feature agriculture but EU negotiators have continued to rule out its inclusion. The conflicting goals will likely become a key sticking point when both negotiating team strive to eliminate any trans-Atlantic trade tensions. The EU’s powerful executive will meet on Tuesday to draw up their red lines for a trade deal with the US.
EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said: “We have been very clear that from the EU side that we will not discuss agriculture.”
Brussels’ negotiators have been scrambling to reach a deal with Washington amid a trade threat to slap tariffs on European motor vehicle exports to the US.
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