No trade deal without agriculture, warns US ambassador to the EU
The US will not sign up to a trade deal with the EU unless agriculture is included, US ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland warned during a conference at the European Business Summit in Brussels on Tuesday (7 May), ahead of another round of transatlantic talks.
EU member states backed the negotiating mandate to start talks with the US to work towards the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods earlier in April, in spite of France’s opposition.
The mandate does not allow the European Commission to put agriculture on the table but only industrial goods. However, Donald Trump’s administration keeps pushing for farming to be included in the deal.