There is a great deal of potential if the UK gets trade policy right: choice and low prices for consumers; growth and prosperity shared more equally across the UK; and the ability to pursue the UK’s goals on international development and the environment. To achieve these ambitions, the guiding star for the UK’s trade strategy must be evidence from the whole economy. That starts with providing a clear, meaningful route for businesses to offer their expertise.
While UK may be establishing a trade agenda from scratch, it has a key advantage in that it can learn from the lessons other nations have to teach from experience. The CBI has consulted with American businesses, civil servants, politicians and diplomats about how business engagement works in trade negotiations in the US, to see what lessons the UK can learn. This factsheet reveals the key facts about how the US operates its business engagement on trade.