March 2, 2020 / 12:13 PM / a month ago

UK wants a big U.S. trade deal but health and food standards not up for grabs

FILE PHOTO: Assistants carry flags into a room ahead of a press conference held by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in London, January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Monday it will seek to achieve huge gains by removing barriers to trade with the United States in talks for a deal this year but its health service would not be on the table in talks.

Britain’s mandate for trade talks with the United States also said that food product standards should be maintained and would not be negatively impacted by the trade talks.

Reporting by William James, Andrew MacAskill, Kate Holton, Paul Sandle and William Schomberg; writing by Alistair Smout; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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