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“If you want a trade deal”: Ex-US senator warns UK will have to accept chlorinated chicken from America

A former US Senator has warned that the UK will have to lower its food standards in exchange for a post-Brexit trade deal with Trump’s America.

Speaking on BBC Politics Live this afternoon, Heidi Heitkamp said that the UK would have to give a good deal to US farmers, by opening our markets to their questionable products – including chlorinated chicken.

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“If you want a trade deal, you’d better make it favourable for farmers,” Heitkamp said.

“That is a constituency the President cares about deeply… And every trade agreement, especially one that might be negotiated before the [2020 presidential] election, needs to address agriculture and open markets to agriculture.”

Heitkamp has an insight into Donald Trump’s approach to politics, having served as a Democratic Senator until January last year.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted throughout the recent general election campaign that the UK would not lower its standards in post-Brexit trade negotiations.

However, we all know that the PM has a complicated relationship with promises, and it seems frankly impossible that he will be able to keep all of them in relation to a UK-US trade deal.

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