LONDON – In the nothingness of post-Brexit trade negotiations, where every deadline seems fictitious and overtime is endless, there is still a sense that Britain and the European Union are really and really at the end of the road. The UK and THE EU are negotiating a trade deal that is expected to start on 1 January 2021, when the new UK-EU relationship will begin. A free trade agreement aims to promote trade – usually with goods, but also sometimes with services – by making it cheaper. This is often achieved by reducing or eliminating so-called tariffs – taxes or taxes on cross-border trade. Again, there is no simple relationship between cause and effect. Tariff policy was not the only and most important factor in these changes. The 1934 drought and the policy of plant restrictions as part of the agricultural adjustment administration reduced U.S. food exports to all countries. But tariffs, and especially imperial preferences, cannot be debt. American farmers would not have perceived the 6-cent English tariff on their wheat as a serious barrier to sale in the British market if Canadian wheat had also paid 6 cents.

But with Canadian wheat going duty-free, the 6 cents has become a real handicap. Similarly, two cents per pound of rice would not mean much if Indian rice also paid two cents. The English rates for barley, condensation milk, apples, canned goods and dried fruit, tobacco are concerns for our exporters and tobacco producers, not because of the absolute level of tariffs, but because competing producers in Canada, Australia, South Africa and elsewhere in the British Empire do not pay tariffs that are lower or non-existent. The UK is trying to replicate the effects of existing EU agreements at a time when they no longer apply to the UK. In recent months, the trade agreement program has revived. In February, Congress extended the president`s negotiating powers for a further three years. In May, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that an agreement with Czechoslovakia and an agreement with the United Kingdom would be discussed. Special and local interests are notoriously over winning when Congress revises the tariff; national interest is under water. But the president controls the production of trade agreements. As a representative of all human beings, it is free to arouse national interest in the dominant position it deserves.

Experience over the past three years provides the certainty that, with respect to the United States, neither the special interests of industry nor agricultural groups can prevent the conclusion of an agreement with the United Kingdom in the national interest. Even if a trade agreement is reached, all new controls will not be removed, as the EU requires that certain products (such as food) from third countries be checked. Businesses need to be prepared. No new trade agreement can begin until the transition is over. Both countries will have an interest in reaching an agreement. The UNITED Kingdom`s agricultural exports to Canada increased significantly in 2019, in part due to the signing of CETA in 2017. Through CETA, Canada has liberalized 91% of food and beverages from day one, increasing duty-free cheese quotas and removing significant barriers to wine and spirits exports. Although agricultural exports to Canada declined slightly between 2017 and 2018, exports increased by 8% in 2019 to reach a total of $340 million. Despite CETA`s chant, Canadian agricultural exports to Britain and the European Union have declined since CETA came into force.