Liz Truss issues dig about Donald Trump's 'America First' approach
- Credit: PA
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has issued a dig about Donald Trump's approach to trade, and has insisted British values would not be compromised for post-Brexit trade deals.
Truss said Britain would reject a Donald Trump-style “Britain First” approach as she criticised “values-free globalisation” in a keynote speech in London.
In a Chatham House address Truss said she wants a “values-driven free trade agenda” in the wake of Brexit and stressed the UK will learn from “the mistakes of the past” regarding trade.
Truss said: “Our red lines remain at the heart of this values-driven approach.
“Namely, our NHS remains off the table. Our food standards must not be undermined and British farming must benefit. And any trade deal must level-up our country.”
You may also want to watch:
The cabinet minister attacked the “mercenaries of global trade” and the agenda of “values-free globalisation”, which she said has led to state-owned companies selling subsidised goods around the world and “undermining free enterprise”.
She claimed the world has turned a blind eye to “pernicious” trading practices for too long and rejected protectionism.
- 1 Rishi Sunak fails to declare family's wealth in ministerial register, probe finds
- 2 James O'Brien confronts Vote Leave supporters who think Remainers want Brexit to fail
- 3 The 20 most influential figures in British politics
- 4 Joe Biden could scrap US-UK travel corridor in favour of one with Ireland
- 5 Alastair Campbell warns Boris Johnson 'days away' from agreeing 'terrible' Brexit deal
- 6 Dominic Raab leads government calls for 'fresh thinking' from EU over Brexit
- 7 The Remainers who haven't been paying attention
- 8 Brexit need not mean turning away from Europe
- 9 David Davis made centre of Brexit jokes following Vodafone rant
- 10 Nine best tweets trolling Nigel Farage over anti-lockdown post
With less than a week to go before the US presidential election, Truss said that at a time of “America First” and the EU’s “strategic autonomy”, the UK “will not be pulling up the drawbridge in an autarkic Britain First approach”.
Her comments were clearly in reference to US President Donald Trump who has pressed an “America First” agenda since his surprise victory in 2016.
But Truss said protectionism and a “values-free” approach to globalisation have had a “corrosive effect on the foundations of our rules-based free trade system, spreading disillusionment and distrust”.
In a dig at Brussels, Truss branded the EU “innovation-phobic” with “its high tariff wall”.
She claimed the UK now has the chance to become the “ideas factory of the world” and reshape global rules in areas like digital and data, services and advanced manufacturing.
The International Trade Secretary said: “I can tell you here today that Britain is learning from the twin errors of values-free globalisation and protectionism. And we are instead rooting our approach for global free trade in our values of sovereignty, democracy, the rule of law and a fierce commitment to high standards.
“In opening ourselves up to embrace more fantastic opportunities, we need to maintain a sustainable approach which commands widespread support and democratic legitimacy.
“The British people care deeply about fairness, decency and liberty. We can best spread our fundamental values – freedom, democracy, human rights and protecting our natural environment for the future – by working with our friends and family across the world.
“Our coalition of the willing won’t just deliver better values across the world but help deliver economic value. This is why I call our trade policy values-driven and value-generating.”
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.